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.
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.
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.
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.
On this blog you will find out about different fields in the geriatric nursing and also where you can find schools and classes to get started in your nursing career.
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.
Career Path For Geriatric Nurses
- Pass your National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
- 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.
- Get your gerontological nursing certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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.
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
University of Pennsylvania is an accredited nursing school based in Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania. There are currently 24 806 students enrolled in this school. The school offers following nursing degree programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Educator, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral), Post-Doctoral Programs.
University of Maryland- Baltimore
University of Maryland – Baltimore is an accredited nursing school based in Baltimore, MD, Maryland. There are currently 6380 students enrolled in this school. The school offers following nursing degree programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).
University of Illinois- Chicago
University of Illinois – Chicago is a nursing school based in Chicago, IL, Illinois. There are currently 26840 students enrolled in this school. University of Illinois – Chicago is an accredited college. The school offers following nursing degree programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated MSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University is a nursing school based in Baltimore, MD, Maryland. There are currently 4000 students enrolled in this school. Johns Hopkins University is an accredited college. The school offers following nursing degree programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral).
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon Health & Science University is a nursing school based in Portland, OR, Oregon. There are currently 2585 students enrolled in this school. The school offers following nursing degree programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Educator, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).
Geriatric Nursing Programs
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!
Geriatric Nursing Programs
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