Call an Education Agent now     
  (855) 690-7223      
GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
ONLINE SCHOOLS


Kaplan University
Adult Gerontology NP MSN

Georgetown University
Adult Gerontology NP MSN


Search Gerontology Programs



Gerontology
Health Informatics
Health Information Management
Healthcare Management
Hospital Administration
Medical Billing and Coding
Medical Office Administration
Nursing
Nursing Informatics
Nutrition Science
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Public HealthSponsored Listings
American InterContinental University
Colorado Technical University
Grand Canyon University
Kaplan University
Sacred Heart University
Western Governors University
Sponsored Listings
Career Profiles
Paying for your Education
Scholarship Opportunities

Also visit:
EducationEngine.com

Qualifying Veterans Can Attend School for No Out-of-Pocket Cost.

>> Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program

Bookmark and Share
ABOUT ACCREDITATION

There are two national organizations that accredit nursing education programs: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). While not every nursing school and nursing program is NLNAC or CCNE accredited and a quality nursing education is possible without the mark of distinction, a degree from an institution accredited by one of these organizations ensures that you will be qualified to attend another accredited school of nursing, should you be interested in an advanced degree, for example an RN-to-BSN or Master's degree. Also, some scholarships are only available to students attending accredited nursing programs.

CCNE Accreditation
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

NLNAC Accreditation
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs (Clinical Doctorate, Master's Degree, Baccalaureate Degree, Associate Degree, Diploma, and Practical Nursing program). The Commission has authority and accountability for carrying out the responsibilities inherent in the application of standards and criteria, accreditation processes, and the affairs, management, policy-making, and general administration of the NLNAC. The NLNAC is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education.

Applicant Responsibility
Students are responsible for confirming school and programmatic accreditation and determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification.

Gerontological Nursing, Geriatric Nursing
Online Nursing Degrees Specializing in Gerontology and Geriatrics

Gerontological Nursing, Geriatric Nursing

With an aging population, there is increasing demand for geriatric nurses. 2005 Census Bureau projections showed that the rapid growth rate of those over 65 will not even begin to slow until after 2040. According to the ANA, over 50 percent of patients in hospitals are over 65, yet less than 1 percent of the 2.2 million nurses in the U.S. are certified in gerontology. Nursing overall will see an increase but nurses who specialize in home health care can expect to see a growth of around 39%. Of course, this isn't the only avenue for geriatric nurses and those working in hospitals and nursing care facilities will see 22% and 20% rises respectively.


Caring for the Modern Senior
(Penn State Center for Geriatric Care Excellence)

>> Gerontological Nursing Overview
>> Preparing for a Career in Gerontological Nursing
>> Gerontological Nursing Salary Potential
>> Gerontological Nursing Certifications

Program Availability Note: Programs are limited to States listed under each school. The Nurse Practitioner programs are available in limited States as these programs require clinicals for completion and each State's Board of Nursing has unique requirements. Each university is currently working toward meeting the requirements of additional States and will add them upon acceptance.

Salary and employment figures are based on a national median and may vary by location.

Online Schools - Gerontological Nursing, Geriatric Nursing Sponsored Listings
Kaplan University Onlineccne accredited

Adult Gerontology Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build on previous nursing education and clinical experience, prepare you to pursue advanced practice in a variety of health care settings, and lay a foundation to pursue doctoral education. The overall purpose of the master's degree program is to provide graduate education for advanced nursing roles that respond to the needs of individuals, families, and communities.

The program of study includes completion of the core curriculum, concentration or population focus area courses, and an evidence-based project proposal. The core courses focus on the acquisition of a theoretical base in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, financing and organization of the health care delivery system, advanced practice issues, ethics, health promotion and disease prevention, and biostatistics.

The family and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner population focus areas are designed to educate you on the topics of how to best provide primary care as a member of an interprofessional team and improve the availability of evidence-based, culturally relevant health care in diverse communities. The curriculum helps you develop the skills to evaluate the health and wellness of individuals, families, and their communities. The nurse practitioner is expected to possess skills in diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic health conditions, to deliver primary and preventive care, and to participate in the development of appropriate policy and evidence-based practice.

Note: Not all concentrations will be available to students in all States.

Video: School of Nursing Graduate, Kathy Getchel

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kaplan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
Georgetown University Onlineccne accredited

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares registered nurses to fulfill the role of a competent, dedicated practitioner responsible for managing the care of families in the primary care setting. FNPs are clinical experts who implement a holistic approach that emphasizes both care and cure. They apply cutting-edge science and manage the health needs of patients in primary care settings.

The focus of the FNP program is to provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Our graduates regularly achieve outstanding first-time pass rates on their FNP exams.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs at Georgetown University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Gerontological Nursing, Geriatric Nursing

People are living longer, in fact, the number of people over age 65 is expected to double between the years 2005 and 2050. The need for nurses to address the special needs of this burgeoning group will skyrocket in the next 20 years.

Gerontological Nursing is Needed in Many Settings
The need for care will continue in a wide variety of settings. Geriatric nurses are commonly employed by nursing homes, assisted living facilities, community health clinics, and hospitals. With the over-65 population accounting for 85% to 90% of home care clients, and an increasing push to keep long-term care out of costly hospitals, gerontology nurses are increasingly needed for home care assignments. They typically care for their patients' physical needs, develop their treatment plans, and prescribe necessary medications. Their duties can vary, from diagnosing acute medical conditions that require immediate attention to working with patients to meet their long-term health objectives.

Gerontological Nursing Entails a Variety of Responsibilities
To specialize in gerontological nursing, you need to have prior experience working with older adults and an awareness of the issues that are unique to older individuals. Some examples of common geriatric conditions might include certain illnesses or injuries such as dementia or susceptibility to falling. In most cases, geriatric nurses deal not only with a patient's medical issues, but also with his or her mental and emotional health concerns.

Gerontological nursing is broad in scope and usually entails wearing several hats. For example, the position sometimes requires the nurse to have good supervisory skills in order to mentor other nurses. Geriatric nurses also frequently work with a patient's family members, educating them and assisting with practical issues related to their loved one. They also might act as case managers, advocating for their patients through communication with other health professionals and community service providers.

Preparing for a Career in Gerontological Nursing
Prior to getting into gerontological nursing, you might want to decide whether you want to focus on a specific area, such as patient care or administration. Given the consistent demand for health care workers who serve elderly populations, qualified individuals usually have a variety of opportunities available to them in the gerontological nursing profession. You could work in a traditional patient care setting, or you could specialize in another area, such as research, teaching, or public policy work.

Geriatric Care Management is a relatively new specialty that has huge potential for growth. As families cope with decisions about the care of elderly family members, they look to professionals who can advise them about available options.

Gerontological Nursing Salary Potential
There is no government salary data for this particular specialty but O*NET states that nurse practitioners earned a median salary of $98,190.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners published the results of its 2009/2010 survey on income and benefits for nurse practitioners. >> 2009 - 2010 AANP Salary Survey (pdf)

Gerontological Nursing Certifications
ANCC gerontological nursing certifications:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ( AGACNP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC)
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP-BC)
  • Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (GCNS-BC)
  • Gerontological Nursing (RN-BC)
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC)
Previously Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.

    Hold a master's, post-graduate, or doctoral degree from an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

    The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse practitioner program must contain the following:
    • A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours in the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner role and population.
    • Three separate comprehensive graduate-level courses (the APRN Core) in:
      – advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
      – advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches;
      – advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.
    • Content in:
      – health promotion and/or maintenance;
      – differential diagnosis and disease management including the use and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC)
Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.

    Hold a master's, post-graduate, or doctoral degree from an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

    The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program must contain the following:

    • A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner role and population.
    • Three separate comprehensive graduate-level courses (the APRN Core) in:
      – advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan;
      – advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches;
      – advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.
    • Content in:
      – health promotion and/or maintenance;
      – differential diagnosis and disease management including the use and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP-BC)
  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a master's, post-graduate, or doctorate degree from a gerontological nurse practitioner program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours must be included in your gerontological nurse practitioner program. The GNP graduate program must include three separate courses in:

    advanced physical/health assessment
    advanced pharmacology
    advanced pathophysiology

  • AND content in

    health promotion and disease prevention, and
    differential diagnosis and disease management

Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (GCNS-BC)

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a master's, post-graduate, or doctorate degree from a clinical nurse specialist in gerontology program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). A minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours in the Gerontological CNS role and specialty must be included in the educational program. This Gerontological CNS graduate program must include three separate courses in:

    advanced physical/health assessment
    advanced pharmacology
    advanced pathophysiology

Gerontological Nursing (RN-BC)

  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse.
  • Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in gerontological nursing within the last 3 years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in gerontological nursing within the last 3 years.
>> Gerontological Nursing Career Page

Gerontological Nursing Programs

Programs by Degree Level

Online Partners - Nursing

Online School Search

Nursing Bachelor
Nursing Masters
Nursing Doctorate
Nursing Certificate

Health Management Bachelor
Health Management Masters

Bradley University
Grand Canyon University
Kaplan University
Liberty University
University of Cincinnati
University of Illinois
Walden University
Sponsored Listings