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Geriatric Nursing Education

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Donna Marie Fick
School of Nursing
201 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park 
Phone: 814-865-9325

In conjunction with the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the Penn State School of Nursing offers a Geriatric Nursing Education Graduate Certificate program. The primary goal of the program is 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 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. All four courses will be delivered using distance technology, and are currently available through the World Campus.

Entrance 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. 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 Masters degree must be substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State's Master's degree programs in nursing or related health disciplines. Prior to an applicant's admission, transcripts are evaluated by the Director of the Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence 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 840(3); NURS 841(3); NURS 842(3)

Non-Course Requirements

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, or NURS 842


Effective Date: Fall 2017
Expiration Date: Fall 2022

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2017


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