Learn the skills to better serve the aging population

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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).
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Gerontology Nursing Certificate 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 gerontology certificate programs online are 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 in gerontology 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 online gerontology 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.


Graduates are awarded a Gerontology Certificate and are prepared to take the Gerontological Nurse Certificate Exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 


Online. This flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night as you complete weekly assignments. Each class lasts eight weeks allowing you to progress quickly. No campus visits are required for online students.


The certificate curriculum can be completed in less than a year. The program consists of 4 classes for a total of 12 semester hours. 


Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the nursing Certificate in Gerontology at Regis University. The total certificate requires 12 semester hours.

Gerontology Certificate Requirements
NR 423 Health Assessment and Health Promotion of the Aging Population (3 semester hours)
NR 424 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of the Aging Population (3 semester hours)
NR 425 Management of the Care Environment of the Aging Population (3 semester hours)
NR 429 Organizational and Health Policy Issues of the Aging Population (3 semester hours)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.


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

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Tuition (per semester hour) $535
Other Fees
Application Fee $50
Graduation Application Fee $50

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today. Your first step is to create an account, a simple and quick form to get you started.

Get detailed application instructions.

Attend an information session or webinar.

You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.


  • Submit a completed online application form.
  • Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official.
  • Submit two recommendation forms
  • Submit a nonrefundable $50.00 application fee. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the online application.


Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. 
Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.

  • Submit mailed transcripts to: 
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Boulevard 
    Mail Code: P-28 
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
  • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu.


Submit two recommendation forms. Select professional and academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from your current employer or supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used. Be sure to have the name, contact information including email address of your references when completing the application.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.



Who is eligible for this program?
All US licensed RNs with a diploma from a hospital school of nursing, associate degree or advanced nursing degree are eligible to complete this four-course certificate.

If I don’t currently have a BSN, will completing the Gerontology certificate give me a head-start in earning one?
Yes. Depending on the courses you’ve previously completed, it’s very likely all four Gerontology certificate courses will also be counted as elective credit and give you head start on the way to earning your BSN at Regis University.

Are clinicals required?
No. No clinical hours are required; however course work will include learning activities and assignments that allow students to work with a member of the aging population of their choosing to gain insight into the aging process.

Do I have to be online at a certain time each day/week?
You are not held to any specific online class times throughout the day or week. As long as you are completing your assignments by the assigned due date, you can log in at a time that is best for you.

How do I hand in assignments, submit tests and receive feedback?
Assignments and tests in online courses are submitted electronically (as e-mail attachments) and may be posted on the class website. The faculty member or the syllabus generally specifies how a given assignment or test is to be submitted; the goals of the course usually dictate the most appropriate method. Assignments often are submitted as discussion postings. The faculty member's feedback is typically given in an individual e-mail or through written comments to the student. This varies from one course to another.

What if I have computer related issues, is there someone available to help?
Yes, our Information Technology Services Department (ITS) help center is open Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM MST and Saturday - Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM MST.  Contact:  (303) 458-4050 or its@regis.edu

What do I do next?
Call us and we will walk you through the next step of completing your application or reviewing your prior college coursework. We can discuss completing the certificate and/or discuss completing the certificate in addition to your BSN or MS, Nursing degree. Small steps can lead to big results. And we are here to help.