MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

This MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program option at the George Washington University School of Nursing provides the theoretical and practical foundations for registered nurses to become leaders in their role as advanced practice nurses, 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.

USNWR 2023 Best Adult Gerontology Primary Care Program


  • AGPCNP program simulation events provide both in-person and virtual experiences with standardized patients for students to develop their advanced practice skills reviewed for consideration.
  • The AGPCNP faculty are experienced educators and clinicians.
  • Clinical Experience Faculty provide individualized support for students during their clinical rotations.
  • Small cohort size provides a cohesive and supportive learning environment for students.
  • Advanced technology resources and services support student success in our on-line academic program.
  • Clinical experiences in adult/geriatric specialties provide an enhanced student expertise.
  • Online access to GW Health Sciences library services and apps.

Who Should Apply

If you’re already working as a nurse 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 MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP program.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2023

Application Open: 04/18/22

Priority: 09/15/22
Release Date: Rolling

Final: 11/01/22
Release Date: Rolling

Fall 2023

Application Open: 11/01/22

Priority: 01/09/23
Release Date: Rolling

Final: 05/01/23
Release Date: Rolling



The MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program consists of 48 (54 for RN to MSN) credit hours and 625 clinical hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director, Maggie Venzke.

Programs of Study

MSN Options

RN to MSN options

*Please note, the RN to MSN Option is being sunsetted and is no longer accepting students. If you are a current RN to BSN student admitted before Spring 2020 and would like to pursue the RN to MSN Option please contact [email protected]. Thank you for your interest.


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

On-Campus Requirements

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

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.

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

While enrolled in your second clinical course, 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.

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 MSN 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:

  • 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
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 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.

No Prerequisites

At the conclusion of this MSN program, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate leadership based upon advanced knowledge.

  2. Promote and improve quality in the workplace through quality improvement practices.

  3. Synthesize knowledge of nursing practice, theory and research as a foundation for advanced nursing practice.

  4. Demonstrate continued professional development through ongoing education.

  5. Build an interdisciplinary professional network that includes collaboration and teamwork.

  6. Promote positive changes in health care delivery and nursing practice.

  7. Engage in caring and collaborative relationships with patients/clients for shared decision-making.

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.

The following clinical courses are required

  • AGPCNP I (145 clinical hours) – Internal Medicine
  • AGPCNP II (240 clinical hours) – Internal Medicine, Family Practice, or Primary Care
  • AGPCNP III (240* clinical hours) – Nursing Homes, Long-term Care Facilities

*At least 120 clinical hours MUST be spent in Nursing Homes or Long Term Care facilities.

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

Frequently Asked Questions