Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

This program option at the George Washington University School of Nursing provides the theoretical and practical foundations for you to become a leader in your role as an advanced practice nurse, specifically working with adolescent (ages 13 and older) and adult patients. With an aging populace, adult-gerontology is an expanding area with abundant opportunities in home health, long-term care, assisted living and other fields. Completing this program will qualify you to sit for the ANCC and AANP certification exams.

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Program Information

Admission Requirements

Program of Study

On-Campus Requirements

You are required to participate in three on-campus experiences, for which you will be responsible for all travel-related expenses.

1. Virtual New Student Orientation
You will be required to complete the New Student Orientation virtually. This program provides the knowledge and tools needed to be successful at GW Nursing. You will learn about the academic resources available to you, program requirements, course registration, online technology and other expectations, and connect with faculty members, advisers and your fellow students.

2.  Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) 
You are required to successfully complete NURS 6222 Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, which prepares you to perform a complete history and physical examination. Competency is evaluated in our Skills and Simulation Center near the end of the Spring semester.

3. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Near the end of the Fall semester, you will return to campus to work through a series of exams on campus. Using standardized patients (SPs) in faculty-constructed case scenarios, you are afforded a safe learning environment to demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning. Your progression toward nurse practitioner competency is again evaluated. 

4. Program Test Out
You must complete a final skills assessment conducted in the OSCE format.

Clinical Requirements

You must record a minimum of 625 clinical hours with an approved preceptor. You are encouraged to find your own preceptor, but we can provide information on local clinical sites if needed. A faculty member will conduct a clinical site visit at some point during your clinical rotations.


Being a nurse never was a job for me; it's always been a career and a passion. But, being a wife and a mother of two working full-time, I feel my career has stopped at times. When I searched for graduate degree programs, GW Nursing stood out from all others. GW Nursing has given me a chance to live my dream with an opportunity to balance my home life, work life and still advance my education through an online program.

Corona Tripathi

AGPCNP MSN student