Family Nurse Practitioner

This program option prepares registered nurses for leadership in primary care to families and individuals of all ages. With a focus on delivering high-quality, patient-centered primary care, we offer didactic and clinical experiences to prepare you to care for the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health of patients, families and communities.

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Program Information

Admission Requirements

Program of Study

On-Campus Requirements

You must complete three on-campus components, for which you will be responsible for all travel-related expenses.

1. Virtual New Student Orientation
You will be required to complete the Virtual New Student Orientation, which 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. You will also 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.

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
All nurse practitioner students are required to complete a final skills assessment conducted in the OSCE format.

Clinical Requirements

You must record a minimum of 700 hours of clinical experience with an approved preceptor. You are encouraged to find your own preceptor.


I chose GW Nursing to get my MSN because I read online reviews about their commitment to student success, multiple in-person opportunities despite being an online distance-learning program and their master's portfolio requirements.

Shelley Arndt

Family Nurse Practitioner MSN Student