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DNP Clinical Questions

Moving forward with the next steps to advance your nursing career and earn your DNP is exciting. There is a lot of information to consider as you prepare to apply. We know you have questions. Everyone’s situation is unique.

We collected some of the most asked questions for you. Review the answers below.

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Our experienced advisors and DNP Director, Christine Delucas, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC are ready to answer your questions.

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The program takes 2 years (6 terms) to complete, starting in the summer and ending in the spring 2 years later.

Students do not have to live in New Mexico to complete this program; however, hold a current RN license in the state in which they practice or are expecting to complete their practicum work.  This program is online with the exception the requirement to attend classes in Albuquerque for one week at the beginning of each Summer semester. We assist students in clinical/practicum placements throughout New Mexico and when available make placements close to students’ homes.

Yes, the program is designed for working nurses. Sometimes students reduce their work load with their current employer to allow them to keep their benefits. Please reach out to your employer to understand your options.

We understand the financial investment in your education can feel daunting. We have kept our program costs reasonable and the majority of our students receive some form of grants, scholarships or loans.  Explore our financial aid website and reach out to our Financial Aid Officers to explore all your options.

Our program is a minimum of 35 credits and this includes 250 scholarly project hours and 250 clinical practice hours total.  Students can transfer up to 500 hours from their master’s program. 500-800 hours are building into the DNP program. A GAP analysis completed to determine how many will transfer.

The application process is easy and varies by program. Visit our application webpage for information on how to apply.

February 15th  – admissions considers all verified applications received by the deadline.

For more information about how to apply to apply for financial aid visit our financial aid webpage or reach out to our Financial Aid Officers.

Deadlines vary. Visit our financial aid webpage for most up to date deadlines.

Many students complete their practice hours at the organization in which they are working. However, they can opt to work with a professional organization or in a different area where they want to develop additional knowledge and skills.

Our DNP Program Director, A. Christine Delucas, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC knows the program very well and is ready to answer your questions. Email her at

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Transfer Students

You have the questions. We have the answers.

Explore more about transfering to UNM College of Nursing. We cannot wait for you to be part of our pack. 

Support for Your Education

The majority of our students received some form of financial aid – scholarship, grant, loan, work study or teaching assistant position.

We also offer more than $270,000 in UNM College of Nursing scholarships. Individual scholarship amounts range from $200-$4,000 annually.

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DNP Program Contact

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director, Clinician Educator, Associate Professor
A. Christine Delucas, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC
College of Nursing
Building 228
Room 232
1 University of New Mexico

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