Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

This certificate introduces you to the body of knowledge and skills necessary to practice as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Tailored for MSN-prepared nurses looking for an online curriculum, the certificate gives students access to interdisciplinary faculty members. The coursework includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of patients, families, and communities from adolescence through adulthood. 

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Program Information

Admissions Requirements

  • Master's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale preferred
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Evidence of current nursing licensure
  • Current CPR certificate
  • Immunization records, including PPD, Hepatitis B, MMR, varicella (titer required), and TD or TDap


  1. GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.
  2. Currently, GW Nursing is only authorized to operate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner options in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Program of Study

On-Campus Requirements

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

1. New Student Orientation
The 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 meet 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 

Clinical Requirements

Students pursuing the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: AGPCNP must complete 625 clinical hours at an approved clinical site. 

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.

For important information regarding educational debt, earnings and completion rates of this certificate, view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.