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Geriatric nursing (or gerontological nursing) specializes in taking take of older adult patients. Geriatric nurses work with the elderly and their families in order to provide best care and improve the quality of life of the patients.

Gerontological nursing deals with wide variety of health problems, majority of which are chronic. This includes dementia, hearing and vision impairment, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

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Geriatric nurses work in various different establishments from nursing homes to hospitals and even patients homes. Depending on the health of the patients, the work may include anything from occasional appointments to 24/7 supervision of the elderly.

There are several types of nurses that work in this field. Some are specialized in a specific field of nursing like clinical or mental health nursing, while others are generalists like registered nurses and LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses). Most of the time they work together with doctors, CNAs and other hospital or care home staff.

Geriatric Nursing

 As the life expectancy in the most parts of the world keeps rising, geriatric nursing is now more important than ever. Between now and 2050 the number of people over 60 is expected to more than double. By the mid century world will have more than 2 billion people who will need some form or gerontological help in their daily lives.

  • Basic Skills for Gerontologic Nursing

How to become a Geriatric Nurse?

So how does one become a geriatric nurse? There are actually several ways to do this. Below you can find most common way how to become a generalist gerontological nurse.

1. Get a degree

Get your degree in Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

2. Take NCLEX

Pass your National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)

3. Work for 2 years

You can start working as a Registered Nurse. Get at least two years of clinical experience, including 2,000 hours in geriatrics, and take 30 hours of continuing education in geriatric nursing.

4. Get your License

Get your gerontological nursing certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Best Nursing Programs

In addition to this particular career path, one can also become a specialist in this field, by obtaining advanced practice nurse or nurse practitioner degree in geriatric nursing. In order to do that you need find a nursing school that offers programs specifically focusing in geriatrics. Currently there are 41 programs available in US, which you can find below.

Currently there are 41 colleges and universities in US that offer nursing programs that specifically focus on geriatrics and geriatric nursing according to National Centre of Educational Statistics. Below is the list of them with links to the schools websites. Contact schools directly to find out more.

List of all geriatric nursing schools

Armstrong State University 11935 Abercorn St, Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997

Boston College 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467

Brandman University 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, California 92618

Capella University 225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402-3389

Caribbean University-Bayamon 167 Ave. Km 21.2, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00960-0493

Case Western Reserve University 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

College of Staten Island CUNY 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, New York 10314

Concordia University-Wisconsin 12800 N Lake Shore Dr, Mequon, Wisconsin 53097-2402

CUNY Hunter College 695 Park Ave, New York, New York 10065

CUNY Lehman College 250 Bedford Park Blvd W, Bronx, New York 10468

Emory University 408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30322

George Washington University 2121 I Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20052

Indiana Wesleyan University 4201 S Washington St., Marion, Indiana 46953-4974

Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus 7009 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus 3165 Edgewood Parkway SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus 1801 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807-2095

Kaplan University-Hagerstown Campus 18618 Crestwood Dr, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742

Kaplan University-Lincoln Campus 1821 K St, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

Kaplan University-Maine Campus 265 Western Ave, S Portland, Maine 04106-2415

Kaplan University-Mason City Campus Plaza West 2570 4th Street SW, Mason City, Iowa 50401

Kaplan University-Omaha Campus 5425 N. 103rd St., Omaha, Nebraska 68134-1002

Keuka College 141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, New York 14478

LIU Brooklyn 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, New York 11201-8423

Loyola University Chicago 1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60660

Marian University 45 S National Ave, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin 54935-4699

New York University 70 Washington Sq South, New York, New York 10012-1091

North Park University 3225 W Foster Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625-4895

Oakland University 2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309-4401

Seattle University 900 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122-4340

Seton Hall University 400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, New Jersey 07079-2697

Southern University and A & M College 3rd Floor, J.S. Clark Adm. Building, P.O. Box 9374, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813

Stony Brook University 310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, New York 11794

The College of Saint Scholastica 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, Minnesota 55811-4199

The University of Tennessee-Health Science Center Memphis, Tennessee 38163

University of Akron Main Campus 302 Buchtel Common, Akron, Ohio 44325-4702

University of California-Irvine 501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, California 92697

University of Massachusetts-Boston 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393

University of Massachusetts-Lowell 1 University Ave, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854-5104

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Wilmington University 320 Dupont Hwy, New Castle, Delaware 19720

Wright State University-Main Campus 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001