MSN: 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

Prerequisites

None

Admissions 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 nursing@gwu.edu.

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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

Note:

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

  • Current CPR certificate
  • Immunization records including vaccination or immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicella, diphtheria, polio and tetanus
  • Documentation of negative test results for tuberculosis (PPD and/or chest x-ray)

Questions about clinical placement requirements should be directed to sonclinical@gwu.edu.

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 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, your 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.


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