MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

This program option prepares registered nurses as advanced practice leaders and interprofessional team members providing care for critically ill patients and their families. Acute Care NPs attend to adolescents and adults in a variety of clinical settings, including urgent care centers, critical care units and inpatient medical-surgical or specialty units. Acute care is a high-intensity environment that requires fast-paced critical thinking skills, which you will develop throughout this program.

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Program Information


You will need one year of clinical experience in critical care nursing. 

Admission Requirements

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

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A completed application includes the following components:

  • Bachelor'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


  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

Clinical Requirements

You must obtain and record a minimum of 650 hours of clinical experience with an approved preceptor. A faculty member will conduct a clinical site visit at some point during your clinical rotations, usually during the second or final clinical course.

Clinical placements will be selected by the program director to provide the level and type of clinical experiences necessary to meet AGACNP competencies and will take place in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C. You must be able to commute to any of these locations while enrolled in the clinical courses.

  • AGACNP I (150 clinical hours in 10 weeks)
  • AGACNP II (250 clinical hours in 15 weeks)
  • AGACNP III (250 clinical hours in 15 weeks)

A summer elective, AGACNP Advanced Role Immersion (350 to 400 hours), is optional for this program option.

On-Campus Requirements

A virtual orientation is held prior to the start of the program so students can connect with classmates and faculty.

Students should be able to commute to Washington, D.C., for these on-campus experiences:

  • CLASI – Health Assessment Test Outs and seminars (3 days)
  • AGACNP II (3 Sessions) 
  • Ventilators, Airway Management, Central Line Insertion (1 day)
  • Rapid Response, Shock – Critical Thinking in Crisis (1 day)
  • Suturing and Chest Tube Insertion (1 day)
  • Comprehensive Critical Care Management (2 days)

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. 

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing.