Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

The American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) no longer offers initial Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certifications . Current certificate holders are able to renew. The ANCC, instead, offers an adult-gerontology primary care or acute care nurse practitioner certifications . However, the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) offers a Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Gerontological Specialist certification .

Learn more on how to become an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner or an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Role

According to Johnson & Johnson Nursing, a gerontological nurse practitioner is a multi-disciplined nurse who addresses the physical, mental, and social effects of aging.

According to the 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Workforce Survey, over 10% of certified nurse practitioners were gerontology focused. The GAPNA’s position statement for the clinical practice of gerontological nurse practitioners (GNP) reviews that GNPs specializes in health issues impacting older adults and those effects on physical, cognitive, psychological and social functioning. Further, GNPs are competent in diagnosing, treating and managing acute and chronic conditions, typically found in older adults/associated with aging.

Your exact role as a gerontology nurse practitioner depends on if you provide primary or acute care.

How to Become a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

There are several steps to becoming a gerontological nurse practitioner. Prior education, certification and clinical practice are among the requirements for being accepted into a gerontological nurse practitioner program. Here is a step-by-step path you can take to become a gerontological nurse practitioner.

  1. Become a registered nurse. In order to apply to a gerontological nurse practitioner program, you must have completed a degree in nursing and be licensed as a registered nurse in a U.S. state or territory. Passing the NCLEX-RN examination is required for certification as a registered nurse.
  2. Apply to and complete a gerontological nurse practitioner program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). These programs must be master’s, postgraduate or doctoral programs. Universities may often offer programs in either primary care or acute care for gerontology nurse practitioner degrees. Often nurse practitioner degrees will require clinical hours as well.
  3. Pursue adult gerontology primary or acute care certifications by a nationally recognized organization: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  4. Apply for state certification as a gerontological nurse practitioner in the state where you wish to practice.
  5. Once you have earned your gerontological nurse practitioner certification, be sure to check when your renewal period expires. Each organization may have different requirements.

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Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certification

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGPCNP-BC)

Eligibility Requirements: Active RN license, masters degree or higher in an approved adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGACNP-BC)

Eligibility Requirements: Active RN license, masters degree or higher in an approved adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program.

Fees for AGPCNP and AGACNP:

  • $295 for American Nurses Association members
  • $340 for American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • $395 for non-members

Renewal for AGPCNP and AGACNP: Certifications must be renewed every 5 years. Fees for renewal are:

  • $275 for American Nurses Association members
  • $295 for American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • $375 for non-members

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP)

Eligibility Requirements: Active RN license, masters degree or higher in an approved adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program.

Fees:

  • $240 for American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • $315 for non-members

Renewal: Certifications must be renewed every 5 years. Fees for renewal are:

Recertification by Practice Hours and Continuing Education –

  • $120-$170 for American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • $195-$245 for non-members

Recertification by Exam –

  • $240-$290 for American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • $315-$365 for non-members

Information on the ANCC and AANP certifications for gerontological nurse practitioner was last retrieved in March 2020. For the most up-to-date information please visit the certifying organization’s website.

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  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
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