Gerontology Certificate

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As the older adult population continues to grow, specialized training to meet the needs of this group is necessary. Our online Gerontology Certificate is a four-course online certificate available for all US licensed RNs and prepares students to take the Gerontological Nurse Certificate exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Additionally, certificate courses can be applied directly toward our BSN completion programs.

Take the next step toward expanding your skills and knowledge.


  • Evidence of a diploma, associate's degree in nursing, or higher.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 will be considered on an individual basis)
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state of field experience.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet either of the following language proficiency requirements:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
    • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

Course size is limited, so it is best to submit application materials as soon as they are completed. Once a course has reached its enrollment capacity, applicants will be selected for an alternate list.

  • 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. 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
  • 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.
  • Submit a nonrefundable $50.00 application fee. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the online application.
  • Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd.
    Mail Code P-28
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Phone: 303.458.4344 or 800.944.7667
    Fax: 303.964.5534

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.

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.