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MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

At The University of New Mexico College of Nursing, we educate to stabilize and improve the health of adult patients. Providing acute care for those populations with life experience.  As an independent practitioner you will have the skills to address health and health equity needs of the state’s most vulnerable when they need you most.

You will be able to:

  • Independently perform comprehensive health assessments.
  • Order and interpret the full spectrum of diagnostic tests and procedures.
  • Use a differential diagnosis to reach a medical diagnosis.
  • Order, provide and evaluate outcomes of interventions.

We are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As a student, you will be educated to the highest standards of quality and integrity. 

Minimum Requirements to Apply.

A BSN degree from an accredited college or university. Options available for RNs with BS or BA.

3.0 GPA

Current RN license

No GRE or GMAT required

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Your Education

  • Intensive 8-week courses, 6 consecutive terms for 2 years. 
  • 52 credits in total, 700 clinical hours and 225 lab hours total.
  • MSN core courses are delivered online, APRN courses hybrid.
  • Clinical rotations at various inpatient and outpatient sites around New Mexico. 
  • When you complete this program, you will earn a Master of Science in Nursing.
  • Graduates will be eligible to take the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certifying examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

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Ensuring Your Success

We are dedicated to your education and providing ongoing support for all of our students. That is why we have Student Success Coordinators. We offer services to individual students and small groups.

You Will Be Prepared.

Completing the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program prepares you to:

  • Provide a full scope of care utilizing both independent and collaborative approaches to the adult/gerontology population, including management of acute, critical and/or complex chronic health problems, health promotion, disease prevention, and support for transitional and end-of-life needs
  • Integrate ethical principles in decision-making and evaluation of care related to the adult/gerontology population with acute, critical and/or complex chronic health problems
  • Coordinate health care through interdisciplinary collaboration with members of the health care team
  • Empower and motivate the adult/gerontology population and families to be full participants in their own health care
  • Advocate for systems and policies that reduce health disparities, facilitate access to care and address cultural diversity and rural populations
  • Assume professional responsibility for maintaining and advancing clinical practice competencies
  • Participate in quality assurance and evaluation of health care delivery
  • Use and articulate evidence-based research as the basis for practice
  • Contribute to existing knowledge through participation in research
  • Disseminate evidence to the adult/gerontology population and professionals throughout multiple modalities

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

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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