Become an AG-ACNP.

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MSN AG-ACNP Questions

There is a lot to consider when looking at advancing your degree to become an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 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 AG-ACNP Concentration Coordinator Sharon Schaaf, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, AGACNP, are ready to answer your questions.

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Your Questions Answered.

It will take 2 years (6 terms) to complete the program.

Students are not required to live in New Mexico to complete this concentration; however admission priority is given to New Mexico residents.  Students must hold an unencumbered RN license in the state where they live and where clinicals are being completed.  This concentration has both online and in person course requirements.  Students are expected to be in Albuquerque when required.  We arrange clinical placements, and when available make placements close to students’ homes.

Yes.  The program is designed for working nurses.  However, most students drop their hours to a 0.6 at work so they can keep their benefits.

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 52 credits, 700 clinical hours and 225 lab/simulation hours total.

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

October 1 - 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.

We have a dedicated team that finds and supports clinical placements. We work with your needs and identify the ideal experiences for you.

2/3 of your clinical rotations will be outside of Albuquerque. Students are responsible for travel costs.

If covering these costs are an issue please reach out to our Financial Aid Officers to discuss options available to you.

Our dedicated team works with the clinical sites and directly with you to ensure all your documents are all up to date. You will receive email notifications if updates are needed.

Our AG-ACNP Concentration Coordinator, Sharon Schaaf, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, AGACNP, knows the program very well and is ready to answer your questions. Email her at

Application Deadline

Summer Entry

August 25 – November 1

Admissions considers all verified applications received by the deadline.

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.

Admissions, Tuition & Financial Aid

Become an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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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