The DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program option prepares registered nurses as advanced practice leaders and interprofessional team members providing care for acute and critically ill patients and their families. Acute care NPs attend to adolescents and adults across the continuum of care, including in urgent care centers, critical care units, and inpatient medical-surgical or specialty units. Acute care offers a high-intensity environment that requires the fast-paced critical thinking skills you will develop in this program.
Clinical placements will be arranged by the program director and will take place in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C. At this time, this program option is only available to applicants who are able to do their clinical rotations in those areas.
This specialty is delivered in a hybrid format with online courses and some on-campus experiences for testing and training.
- Integrate findings from the sciences that provide the foundation for nursing practice.
- Apply leadership and systematic thinking to ensure accountability for the quality of health, health care and patient safety for populations through the application of ethical, organizational, political and economic sciences.
- Synthesize, translate, implement, evaluate and disseminate research findings and best evidence to incorporate into advanced nursing practice.
- Critically appraise information systems, data analytics, and technology to evaluate and monitor patient and population outcomes and care systems to improve the quality and safety of care.
- Formulate and evaluate health care policy to advocate for accessible, equitable and ethical health care for patients and populations.
- Convene and lead collaborative, interprofessional teams to enhance patient and/or population health outcomes and care delivery models.
- Design initiatives to prevent disease and promote the health of diverse populations.
- Provide leadership in advanced nursing practice by incorporating evidence-based guidelines and innovative care models to influence individual population and organizational outcomes.
Who Should Apply
If you’re already working as a nurse and are interested in advancing your education to provide care in high-intensity emergency environments such as urgent care centers, critical care, and inpatient medical-surgical or specialty units, you should consider our DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP program.
About the Program
Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]
A completed application includes the following components:
- Bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
- Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
- Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current resume
- Personal statement
- Active and unencumbered nursing licensure
- GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.
- Currently, GW Nursing is only authorized to operate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner options in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner options require at least one year experience in critical care setting.
The DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Post-BSN) consists of 81 credit hours and 1000 clinical hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director, Linda Briggs.
Program of Study
For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.
New Student Orientation
This mandatory virtual orientation, held in the summer, gives you the opportunity to connect with your faculty and fellow students, consult with advisers and prepare for your program.
Between your first and second year, we host a virtual program designed to prepare you for your clinical research project.
Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI)
You will come to campus during the semester in which you are enrolled in NURS 6222: Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning to participate in CLASI, which prepares you to perform a complete history and physical examination.
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Near the end of your final clinical course, you will return to campus to work through a series of exams. Using standardized patients in faculty-constructed case scenarios, you are afforded a safe learning environment to demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning. Following OSCEs, you will be required to complete a final skills assessment.
Final Skills Assessment
All nurse practitioner students are required to complete a final skills assessment, which is two days before graduation, so you can participate in graduation ceremonies on the same trip. This skills assessment includes testing with standardized patients, a comprehensive exam and sessions on special clinical skills.
At the end of your third year (prior to graduation) you will present your work in an open forum to the faculty and your peers.
Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the DNP program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use.
You must record a minimum of 1000 practice hours with an approved preceptor. Practice hours are a combination of direct care and indirect care. You are encouraged to find your own preceptor, but we can provide information on local clinical sites if needed. A faculty member may conduct a site visit during your academic program progression.
- Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate
- Current advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) certificate
- Immunization records including vaccination or immunity to hepatitis B; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); varicella; diphtheria; polio and tetanus
- Documentation of negative test results for tuberculosis (purified protein derivative (PPD) and/or chest x-ray)
Questions about clinical placement requirements should be directed to [email protected].
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. For important information regarding educational debt, earnings and completion rates of this certificate, view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.
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