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Learn the skills to better serve the aging population

As the U.S. population continues to age, nurses in all settings will see a rise in caring for aging patients. Additional education in geriatric care allows nurses to provide evidence based quality care to this growing population. Our four-course online Gerontology Certificate is designed for any U.S. licensed RN, and upon completion students will be prepared to take the Gerontological Nurse Certificate exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Online Accelerated

Certificate: Gerontology

Degree Overview

As the U.S. population continues to age, the number of chronic diseases and degenerative illnesses will increase, and consequently so will disabilities associated with these aliments. Specialized training in geriatrics is essential for RNs in order to understand and recognize the physiological, psychological and cognitive, sociological, and unusual elements associated with the aging process.  This certificate places an emphasis on acute and chronic disease management, as well as health promotion. Training is in keeping with the expectations and goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to improve health care for all Americans.

All U.S. licensed RNs are eligible to complete this certificate program.  Associate or diploma prepared RNs also interested in advancing their degree to the BSN with Regis University can elect to complete the Gerontology Certificate courses concurrently with their degree studies. Certificate courses can be applied directly toward our BSN completion programs.

Nurses who complete this certificate will receive the content required to take the Gerontological Nurse Certificate exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This is an important certificate exam for nurses who work with older adults and want to receive certification in their specialty area.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this four course (12 semester hour) online certificate at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 12.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

RH: Certificate in Gerontology

NR 423 - Health Assess/ Promo Aging Populations

Focuses on the special needs of older adults across the health care continuum. Builds a foundation of understanding of normal changes in aging in conjunction with the benefits of health promotion. The health care needs of the aging population is explored emphasizing developments of the therapeutic relationship, data collection, levels of prevention, barriers to health promotion, communication, ageism and myths of aging along with cultural sensitivity. Field work to include 1:1 contact with the older adult population.

NR 424 - Pathophysiology/Pharmocology Aging Pop

Builds on basic understanding of pathophysiology and pharmocology to explore the special needs of the aging population. Emphasis is placed on acute and chronic disease management, cognitive decline, psychological disorders, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes of aging. Field work to include 1:1 contact with the older adult population.

NR 425 - Mgt of Care Environ in Aging Population

Focuses on the programs and services currently available for the elderly as well as the developing services focusing on the aging population inclusive of the baby boomers. Emphasis is placed on the management role across the aging population continuum of care. Field work to include 1:1 contact with the older adult population.

NR 429 - Organizational & Policy Issues Aging Pop

Focuses on the advocacy for older adults across the health care continuum. Provides opportunities to explore national, state and local policies related to the aging population. National organizations and federal, state, and local regulatory bodies are explored related to understanding health policy issues and regulatory compliance. Note: Required for certificate in gerontology nursing. Can be taken as an undergraduate elective.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.

If you would like more information on AACN-CCNE please go to: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation.

Fall 2013-Summer 2014

Tuition (per semester hour) $525
Other Fees
Application Fee $40
Graduation Application Fee $50

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