Master of Science in Nursing in the Field of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Application to the MSN program

Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing programs must have an earned Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a current license as a registered nurse with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is preferred. RNs with a Bachelor's degree in another field may apply and, if accepted, will be required to take a bridge course the summer prior to the start of their studies.

Students may apply for admission if they will receive their Bachelor's degree before the first day of classes at GW. Applicants must complete the required applications before the deadline and notify the Admissions Office of their current student status. Admitted students will be required to submit a final transcript reflecting degree conferral before the first day of classes at GW. Satisfactory completion of NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) is required in order to continue in the Masters programs. It is recommended that applicants without relevant nursing work experience attend part time while working as a registered nurse.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all coursework, though the admission committee reserves the right to interview applicants who have less than a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate studies. The GRE is not required for this program.

Degree Requirements

In addition to fulfilling general admission requirements, applicants to Master of Science in Nursing programs must have a BSN from an accredited institution, normally with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a current RN license. Applicants that are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in a related field may be admitted with the condition that they complete a Nursing bridge course prior to the start of their academic program.

Depending upon the program chosen, MSN credit requirements vary from 36 to 48 credit hours. All MSN programs require 9 credits of professional core courses (NURS 6202 Concepts in Population Health,NURS 6203 Nursing LeadershipNURS 6205 HealthPolicy,Quality,Political) and 6 credits of research courses (NURS 6270 NURS 6271 ). Field-specific course requirements follow, with credit indicated in parentheses in the case of courses offered for variable credit.

The master of science in nursing degree in the field of adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP) program provides the theoretical and practical foundations for nurses to expand their scope of practice and to become leaders in their roles as advanced practice nurses providing care for patients across the adult age continuum: the adolescent patient (12 and up), adult patient, older adult patient, and frail elderly patient. 

Students complete the coursework online via distance learning and the clinical practicum rotations in their local community with faculty mentoring. The curriculum integrates research, policy, technology, simulation, and evidence-based nursing practice with diagnostic reasoning and clinical judgment to solve real-world health care problems. The distance-based format allows professional nurses to advance their education with access to GW’s resources and expert faculty while continuing to work. Students may choose to enroll in the program on a full- or part-time basis.

Upon completion of the program students are eligible to sit for the nationally recognized AANP or ANCC certification examination for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner role and population focus. 

Students in the AGPCNP option are required to complete four on-campus components. 

  • New Student Orientation—To assist in the transition to GW, the School of Nursing hosts a mandatory orientation for all new students. The New Student Orientation is a vital first step towards academic success. It is designed to empower students with the knowledge and tools needed to be successful in the School of Nursing. Students become familiar with various campus academic resources, program requirements, course registration, online technology, and student expectations. Students have the opportunity to meet other students, faculty members, consult with advisors, visit the campus, and tour local attractions. Orientation typically takes place the 2nd or 3rd week in August.
  • NURS 6222—Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning --All nurse practitioner students are expected to come to campus towards the end of the health assessment course to be tested on history and physical examination skills in the simulation center. On-campus training is also provided utilizing GW teaching assistants. Seminars are presented that strengthen diagnostic reasoning skills. This on-campus experience typically takes place over a 4 to 5 day period towards the end of April.
  • NURS 6225 – AGPCNP II: Adolescent and Adult and NURS 6231-FNP 2: Lifespan Primary Care/Diagnosis/Management—All nurse practitioner students are expected to come to campus towards the end of the AGPCNP II/FNP 2 courses to be tested on clinical reasoning skills in the simulation center. On-campus seminars include reading 12 lead EKGs, ​radiological interpretation, and a ​hands on suturing/wound care workshop. This on-campus experience typically takes place over a 4 to 5 day period in early November.   
  •  NURS 6229 – AGPCNP III: Adult, Older/Frail (or) NURS 6232 - FNP 3: Professional Issues/Diagnosis/Management—All nurse practitioner students are required to pass final skills assessment with standardized patients in the simulation center. This on-campus experience typically takes place over a 2 to 3 day period in April prior to graduation in May. 

Please note that students are responsible for all travel-related expenses. See the Visiting Campus website for more information about visiting GW.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 48 credits, including 9 credits in professional core courses, 6 credits in research courses, 30 credits in field-specific courses, a 3-credit elective course, and completion of 625 clinical hours.

Program Requirements

Professional core
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6224Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner I: Practice Introduction
NURS 6225Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner II: Adolescent and Adult
NURS 6229Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner III: Adult, Older/Frail
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
A 3-credit elective course.