Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing, Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The online registered nurse (RN) to master of science in nursing (MSN) in adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner is appropriate for both recent and experienced nurses with an associate degree. The program leads to the completion of bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and MSN degrees. Students enter the program with up to 84 credits in advanced standing, allowing them to progress quickly through the BSN program while continuing to work as professional nurses. Up to 15 credits from the completed BSN may be applied toward MSN degree requirements.

Students must become licensed as a registered nurse within the first semester of enrolling into this program and are required to attend three on-campus experiences related to MSN courses (NURS 6222, NURS 6225 and NURS 6229).

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the nationally recognized American Association of Nurse Practitioners or American Nurses Credentialing Center certification examination for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. 

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the GW Nursing website for additional information.

The following requirements apply to students who matriculated prior to fall 2018:
Taken as part of the BSN program
NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4417Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 4121Nursing Advancement Portfolio
15 dual credits
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
Taken as part of the MSN program
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 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
Clinical hours
Students must complete 625 clinical hours in the MSN portion of the program.
The following requirements apply to students matriculating fall 2018 or later:
Taken as part of BSN program
NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4121Nursing Advancement Portfolio
NURS 4417Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers *
or NURS 4207 Principles of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
15 dual credits (if including NURS 6207)
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
Taken as part of MSN program
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 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
Clinical hours
Students must complete 625 clinical hours in the MSN portion of the program.
*Students who chooses to take NURS 4207 in the BSN program must take NURS 6207 in the MSN program to satisfy degree requirements.