Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Acute Care Nurse Practitioners attend to adolescents and adults across the continuum of care, including urgent care centers, critical care units and inpatient medical-surgical or specialty units. Acute care offers a high-intensity environment that requires fast-paced critical thinking skills, which you will develop during this program.

This certificate option prepares registered nurses as advanced practice leaders and interprofessional team members to provide care for acute and critically ill patients and their families. Offered only as a part-time option, this certificate can be completed in five semesters.

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Program Information


Admissions Requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Current CPR certificate
  • Current ACLS certificate
  • Immunization records, including PPD, evidence of hepatitis B, MMR, varicella, diphtheria, polio, and tetanus vaccinations

Program of Study

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Clinical Requirements

Clinical placements will be arranged by the Program Director and Clinical Placement Manager and will be completed in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C.

Summer 2018:  AGACNP I (150 clinical hours in 10 weeks)
Fall 2018:  AGACNP 2 (250 clinical hours in 15 weeks)
Spring 2019:  AGACNP 3 (250 clinical hours in 15 weeks)

Total required clinical hours for MSN:  650 hours

A Summer Elective 2019: AGACNP Advanced Role Immersion (350 to 400 hours) is optional for the AGACNP certificate.

On-Campus Requirements

Students in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate program are required to attend two on-campus simulation based learning events.

1. Virtual New Student Orientation
The virtual New Student Orientation is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools needed to be successful in the School of Nursing. Students become familiar with academic resources, program requirements, course registration, online technology, and student expectations. They will also connect with fellow students, faculty members, and advisors.

2. Clinical Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) 
Students visit campus during the Advanced Health Assessment course for evaluation of their history and physical examination skills. Skills are evaluated by expert faculty in the simulation center using standardized patients (SP)s. They also participate in several workshops aimed at professional development and progress toward NP competency.

3. Program Test Outs
All nurse practitioner students are required to complete an end of program skills assessment. During this final on campus simulation based learning event, students have an opportunity to showcase their assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and patient management skills. 

Cost and Aid

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees. 

This program qualifies for Title IV funding. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing.