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 Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (CGNE), 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 in Geriatric Nursing Education Online at Penn State?
Excellence — The mission of the Geriatric Center is to improve the lives of older adults in positive and person-centered ways, through the promotion of cognitive, behavioral/emotional, and physical health. This academic center of excellence develops innovative and integrated programs of education, conducts rigorous clinical and translational research, and engages in various community outreach activities.
This work prepares nursing and other leaders with expertise and commitment in the care of older adults, provides cutting-edge research to address problems and identify best practice, and shares knowledge and care strategies with others to promote well-being for older adults.
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 create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.