Geriatric Nursing Programs for Registered Nurses


Master’s degree programs in nursing often emphasize a specific area of practice. Gerontological nursing, another name for the practice of geriatric nursing, is a specialty that focuses primarily on the care of the elderly. Nurses seeking to enter the field of geriatrics will want to consider enrolling in a master’s degree program in geriatric nursing.
Geriatric healthcare that addresses the complex needs of old people is a neglected field in medicine. Now, the health and family welfare department plans to start geriatric centres in India. Healthcare of ageing patients is often provided by a team of multiple specialists. The members may include geriatrician, geriatric nurse, primary care clinician and other sub-role nurses.

Geriatric Care Course for Nurses in India

In India,  geriatric nursing courses are not yet popular, though there are various courses in geriatric care, the curriculum is prepared for the general candidates, not for the nurses. Such courses will not give an in depth knowledge in nursing practice of aged one. Two programmes which is related to nursing is listed below.
Course : Post Basic Diploma Programmes in GERIATRIC Nursing
Eligibility : Should be a Registered Nurse.
An advanced programme on Geriatrics which will cover topics like basic concepts in geriatric nursing, biology of ageing, changes and diseases associated with ageing, counseling and guidance ,symptoms approaching death and care of the body after death.
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Study Geriatric Nursing Abroad

There are many universities and colleges offers a masters or DNP programmes in Geriatric Nursing. Which will enable you to practice as a Geriatric Nurse specialist. I have listed few here.

Online RN Programs from Northwestern State University of Louisiana

  • MSN Adult Gerontology Critical Care Nursing – Education OR Administration
  • MSN in Adult-Gerontology Nursing – Education OR Administration

Kaplan University – Online RN Programmes

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Columbia University School of Nursing

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AGPCNP).
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to deliver primary health care to all persons across the adult lifespan from adolescence through end of life.

University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program prepares registered nurses for advanced practice in the area of adult health nursing. Clinical Nurse Specialists focus on advanced care, research, consultation, program management, and education. The program is designed to prepare clinical nurse specialists to provide advanced nursing care to improve health outcomes of acutely and critically ill adult patients in a variety of settings.
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program prepares students to provide comprehensive primary, acute and chronic care services to young, older and elderly adult patients in a variety of community and long-term care settings.

University of Piitsburgh


  • Post-MSN/DNP Certificate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner