Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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.

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 become the primary care provider your patients come to know and trust, with opportunities in home health, long-term care and other fields, you should consider our Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP program.




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



The Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program consists of 30 credit hours and 625 clinical hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director.

Program of Study


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

On-Campus Requirements

Students in the Adult-Gerontology Primary 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.

View Policy

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
  • 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.


You must record a minimum of 625 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.

Questions about clinical placement requirements should be directed to [email protected].

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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.