MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

This program option at the George Washington University School of Nursing provides the theoretical and practical foundations for you to become a leader in your role as an advanced practice nurse, specifically working with adolescent (ages 13 and older) and adult patients. With an aging populace, adult-gerontology is an expanding area with abundant opportunities in home health, long-term care, assisted living and other fields. Completing this program will qualify you to sit for the ANCC and AANP certification exams.

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Program Information



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 [email protected].

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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 Requirements

Clinical Placement Requirements

You must record a minimum of 625 clinical hours with an approved preceptor. You are encouraged to find your own preceptor, but we can provide information on local clinical sites if needed. A faculty member will conduct a clinical site visit at some point during your clinical rotations.

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

On-Campus Requirements

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

1. Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) 
You will come to campus the during the semester you are enrolled in NURS 6222: Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning to participate in CLASI, which prepares you to perform a complete history and physical examination.

2. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Near the end of your final semester, you will return to campus to work through a series of exams. Using standardized patients in faculty-constructed case scenarios, you are afforded a safe learning environment to demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning. Following OSCEs, you will be required to complete a final skills assessment. 

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.