Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Nursing Education

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Gain skills to Teach Geriatric Nursing

The Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Nursing Education, developed by Penn State World Campus in partnership with Penn State’s College of Nursing and the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, can prepare persons with a master's degree in nursing or a related health discipline to:

  • become geriatric-expert faculty and educational leaders
  • train faculty with high levels of gerontological knowledge who will go on to teach registered nurses and other health professionals at the associate or bachelors degree levels
  • instruct professional educators who can transform the environment in which geriatric health care is taught and practiced

Why a Graduate Certificate Online at Penn State?

Excellence — The Penn State Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNE) is one of only eight centers selected through a national grants competition by the John A. Hartford Foundation initiative, the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE), house within the Gerontological Society of America. The Penn State Hartford Center is proud to be a founding NHCGNE that has created a national model for geriatric nursing higher education, faculty retooling, and rural outreach.

Who Should Apply?

If you now have a master’s degree in nursing or a related health discipline from an accredited institution, this certificate program is an excellent way for you to acquire additional certification in geriatric health care education.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

According to the National Student Nurses’ Association, there is a critical shortage of geriatric nursing faculty today, with one quarter of the nursing programs in this country lacking a gerontology faculty member. Major concerns for the nursing workforce over the next five years include unfulfilled faculty positions, resignations, projected retirements, and a shortage of students prepared for the faculty role. As the demand grows for geriatric nurses, the need for more gerontology faculty is urgent; by 2030, 71 million Americans — more than 19 percent of the population — will be past age 65, and in need of gero-expert care in our hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, and rural communities.

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We strive to create an online learning environment that brings you as close to the face-to-face experience as possible. Learn more about Penn State World Campus