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Geriatric Nursing Education Certificate

Overview: To prepare individuals with a current Master’s degree in Nursing or a related health discipline to teach geriatric content at both the Associate and Baccalaureate degree levels. The Certificate is offered on-line in collaboration with the Penn State World Campus.

Credits: The curriculum includes 6 credits (two 3 credit courses) of didactic content in gerontology and 6 credits (two 3 credit courses) of didactic content in education. To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Nursing Education, students must successfully complete NURS 522, NURS 523 and two of the following courses: NURS 840, NURS 841, NURS 842.


NURS 522: Comprehensive Assessment of the Older Adult (3)
NURS 523: Interventions for Common Health Problems of the Older Adult (3)

-AND Two of the following-

NURS 840: Nursing Education Theories and Strategies (3) or
NURS 841:
 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3) or
NURS 842:
 Curriculum and Program Development in Nursing Education (3)


Admission Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirementOfficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must accompany the application.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in nursing or a related health discipline from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or a Master’s degree that is equivalent to a U.S. Master’s degree from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. The credit conditions for the Master’s degree must be substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State’s Master’s degree programs in nursing or related health disciplines.