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Graduate Degree Programs


Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Donna Fick
201 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-9325

In conjunction with the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the Penn State College of Nursing offers a Gerontology Graduate Certificate program. The primary goal of the program is to prepare individuals with a Bachelor’s or higher degree in Nursing or a related health discipline in gerontology. The curriculum includes 6 credits (two 3 credit courses) of didactic content in geriatric assessment and interventions for common health issues in the elderly and 3 credits (one 3 credit course) in primary palliative care. All courses will be delivered using distance technology.

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 requirement. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must accompany the application. Prior to an applicant's admission, transcripts are evaluated by the Director of the Center to ascertain the applicant's potential for successful completion of the core nursing courses. A recommendation regarding admission is discussed with the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research prior to making an offer of admission to this certificate program.


NURS 522(3), NURS 523(3), NURS 824(3); NURS 825(3)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall Semester 2017
EXPIRATION DATE: Fall Semester 2022


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