Doctor of Nursing Practice in the Field of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The DNP adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner option prepares graduates to function as doctorally prepared nurses at the highest level of clinical practice, to translate knowledge into practice, to apply policy, as well as design, implement and evaluate innovations to improve health care systems and patient centered outcomes. 

This option prepares registered nurses as advanced practice leaders and inter-professional team members providing care for acute and critically ill patients and their families. Acute care NPs attend to adolescents and adults across the continuum of care, including in urgent care centers, critical care units, and inpatient medical-surgical or specialty units. Acute care offers a high-intensity environment that requires the fast-paced critical thinking skills you will develop in this program.

Clinical placements will be arranged by the program director and will take place in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C. At this time, this program option is only available to applicants who are able to do their clinical rotations in those areas.

Admission deadline: Fall - Priority: October 15
Recommendation Requirements: Two letters of recommendation
Prior academic records: Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended are required.
Statement of Purpose: A personal statement describing your career goals relative to the doctoral study. You should include a general idea for your DNP project. Your vision for your post-DNP contributions to advance the nursing profession through scholarship and evidence-based practice must be emphasized in the statement Also, briefly describe your professional nursing practice and indicate any current or previous leadership roles. The applicants with a clear idea of a potential DNP project and the ability of the project to enhance/improve/contribute to nursing practice will be given preference for admission.
Additional Requirements: - Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university with a preferred minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
- Active and unencumbered nursing licensure
- Current resume
International Requirements: The minimum English language scores required are:
Internet-based TOEFL: 100; or
IELTS: An overall band score of 7.0 with individual band scores of 6.0 or higher

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
45085 University Drive, Suite 201-T
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact for questions:
nursing@gwu.edu ~ 571-553-0138 (phone)
https://nursing.gwu.edu/admissions-aid
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 72 credits in required courses.

NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
NURS 6235Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 1: Introduction to Practice
NURS 6236Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II: Complex and Acute Illness
NURS 6237Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III: Complex and Chronic Disease Mgt Adolesc/Elderly
NURS 8400Epidemiology and Population Health
NURS 8401Organizational Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Management in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Practice
NURS 8405Health Care Quality Improvement
NURS 8417Health Policy and Analysis
NURS 8418Health Care Economics, Finance, and Reimbursement
NURS 8419Analytical Methods and Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 8489DNP Project Scholarly Inquiry
NURS 8490DNP Project Planning
NURS 8491DNP Project Implementation
NURS 8492DNP Project Evaluation and Dissemination