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MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Designed to ensure your ultimate goal of becoming an AG-ACNP. Our curriculum ensures that you will be prepared – more than prepared – you will thrive.

Designed with you in mind.

With a mix of online classes and onsite simulation experiences, the AG-ACNP program is designed for you.  You will learn to work collaboratively with other health care professionals to stabilize and improve the health of their patients.  Clinical experiences help you apply what you have learned into practice.  All while gaining skills that help you be an effective nurse practitioner.

Our Curriculum

  • NURS 501 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing - MSN Core Online (3)
  • NURS 503 Research in Nursing - MSN Core Online (3)
  • NURS 526 Advanced Pathophysiology - APRN Core (3)
  • NURS 540 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - APRN Core (3 credits – 2 didactic, 1 clinical (lab) and 50 lab hours)
  • NURS 543 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics- APRN Core (3)
  • NURS 564 Health Promotion, Protection, & Disease Prevention for Acute, Critical, or Chronically Ill Adults (3 credits – 2 didactic, 1 clinical and 50 clinical hours)
  • NURS 505 Health Care Policy, Systems & Financing for Advanced Practice Roles - MSN Core (3)
  • NURS 555 Management of the Acutely Ill Adult-Gerontology Patient (4 credits - 3.5 didactic, 0.5 clinical (lab) and 25 lab hours)
  • NURS 566 Advanced Diagnostic & Therapeutic Skills (3 credits – 2 didactic, 1 clinical and 50 lab hours)
  • NURS 561 AG-ACNP Practicum (3 credits and 150 clinical hours)
  • NURS 562 Management of the Complex and Chronically Ill Adult-Gerontology Patient (4 cretits - 3.5 didactic, 0.5 clinical (lab) and 25 lab hours)
  • NURS 565 Management of the Critically Ill Adult-Gerontology Patient (4 credits - 3.5 didactic, 0.5c clinical (lab) and 25 lab hours)
  • NURS 563 AG-ACNP Practicum 2 (5 credits and 250 clinical hours)
  • NURS 594 Advanced Practice Seminar (1)
  • NURS 596 Professional Paper or N597 Applied Examination (1)
  • NURS 595 Advanced Nursing Field Work (6 clinical credits (1 lab, 5 clinical), 50 lab hours and 250 clinical hours)

Upon completion of the curriculum you will with finish with 52 credits, 700 clinical hours and 225 lab/simulation hours total.

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Our Clinical Experiences

From hospitals to in patience clinics and everything in between. You will have diverse clinical experiences from our highly qualified preceptors – faculty in the community. Your faculty liaison and our staff will support you along the way.

Simulating Real-World Experiences

From retinopathy trainers to otoscope cameras. Our simulation labs allow for clinical experiences in a safe, low risk environment.

AG-ACNP Program

Learn more about our program, what to expect in your education and how we prepare for your career.

Your Questions Answered

AG-ACNP Program Contact

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Concentration Coordinator, Clinician Educator, Associate Professor
Sharon Schaaf, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, AGACNP
College of Nursing
Building 228
Room 318
1 University of New Mexico

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