Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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.

Highlights

  • Assess complex acute, critical, and chronically ill patients using physical examination findings, interviewing techniques, diagnostic tests, and technology to determine their current status of physiologic stability and risk for life-threatening conditions.
  • Utilize critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning to identify and prioritize patient problems and diagnoses.
  • Formulate and implement an individualized plan of care for each patient taking into consideration best practices, guidelines, research findings, patient and family preferences, and cultural considerations.
  • Function as an integral member of inter-professional health care teams.
  • Evaluate the quality of care provided to individual patients and larger groups within varying health care settings (individual practices, urgent care centers, hospitals, health care systems).

Who Should Apply

If you’re already working as a nurse, have a master’s degree in nursing 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 Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP program.

 

Deadlines

Summer 2020 Applications
Priority: -
Final: 1/15/2020

Requirements

Overview

The Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program consists of 20-23 credit hours and 650 clinical hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director.

Program of Study

Courses

For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Technology Requirements

Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the Certificate program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use.

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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:

  • Master’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

Note:

  1. GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.
  2. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner requires students to be residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner options require at least one year experience in critical care setting.


You must record a minimum of 650 hours of clinical experience with an approved preceptor. You are encouraged to find your own preceptor, but we can provide information on local clinical sites if needed.  A clinical site visit will be conducted, usually during your second or final clinical course, by a faculty member.

The following clinical courses are required:

  • NURS 6235 (150 clinical hours in 10 weeks)
  • NURS 6236 (250 clinical hours in 15 weeks)
  • NURS 6237 (250 clinical hours in 15 weeks)
  • The summer elective NURS 8413 (350 to 400 hours) is optional.

Required Documentation

  • 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].


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your on-campus requirements?

On-campus requirements vary by program and specialty. Students enrolled in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program spend the duration of the program on our Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

Most graduate programs are delivered in a distance format with online courses and some on-campus experiences for testing and training, which typically take place in our state-of-the-art simulation facilities at VSTC. For example, nurse practitioner students are required to come to campus for Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) when enrolled in NURS 6222 and for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) during their final semester. For specific on-campus requirements for graduate programs, please visit the webpage for your respective specialty area of interest.

Can I complete my degree part-time?

Students enrolled in our Accelerated or Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may only attend the program on a full-time basis due to its accelerated format.

Students enrolled in our RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs may only enroll on a part-time basis.

Students enrolled in a graduate program have the ability to enroll in most tracks on a part-time basis. To review your program of study options, visit the MSN, DNP or certificate webpage in the specialty area of your choice. PhD applicants should contact the program director directly.

Do you provide clinical placements for nurse practitioner students?

Our clinical placement model provides students with faculty and staff support to ensure clinical sites align with clinical course objectives and nurse practitioner (NP) competencies. Our approach includes a clinical placement team dedicated to processing legal documentation required to clear students for clinical placement. Although we offer as much support as possible to students who are unable to locate a preceptor, our process is driven by student submission of a request for placement. We are dedicated to ensuring adequate and robust clinical experiences, however, GW Nursing is not required to locate clinical sites and preceptors for our NP students. 

Are those with a direct-entry MSN and/or a Clinical Nurse Leader degree eligible to apply to your programs?

Applicants with a direct-entry MSN and/or Clinical Nurse Leader degree are ineligible to apply to our Post-Master's DNP and our Post-Mater's Certificate programs. However, you may submit an application to one of our MSN tracks, which are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at [email protected] if you need additional information.

Are there any state restrictions for applicants?

We are currently unable to accept applicants OR offer clinical assignments for online programs for individuals who reside in Alabama, Louisiana and North Dakota. Applicants from New York and Tennessee should contact [email protected] for additional information, as clinical placements in those states are extremely limited. View our state authorizations

Prospective students from these states are welcome to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program located on our Virginia Science and Technology Campus

Does GW Nursing accept international students?

At this time, the only program available to students needing an F-1 visa (student) is our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program taught in person in Ashburn, Virginia. International students who have permanent residence or are currently on a visa that allows them to study, in addition to holding a valid U.S. RN license, are eligible for any graduate program.