Gerontological Nursing Certification Review Course

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*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers ONLY.

Target Audience

Nurses who are interested in taking the gerontological nursing certification exam.


This course is offered by South Piedmont AHEC in collaboration with the NCNA Council on Gerontological Nursing.

This 2-day review course will provide a comprehensive overview of topics on gerontological nursing to assist nurses preparing for their certification exam. Nurses working in the gerontology field, and those previously certified, are invited to attend this course and receive gerontology CE credit.

The ANCC Gerontological Nursing Certification Examination is a competency-based examination that provides an assessment of entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of registered nurses in the gerontology specialty. Once eligibility requirements are satisfied to take the examination and the exam is successfully passed, the credential of Gerontology Nurse-Board Certified (GERO-BC) is awarded and is valid for 5 years.

The ANCC Gerontology Nurse Certification Exam:
There are 150 questions on this examination. Of these, 125 are scored questions and 25 are pretest questions that are not scored.
Content: Assessment and Diagnosis -28% (35 Qs), Planning, implementation, evaluation -40% (50 Qs), Professional foundation -32% (40 Qs)

Qualifications for the exam:
1.A current, unrestricted RN license.
2.Documentation that you have practiced full time as an RN for the equivalent of two years.
3.A minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in gerontology within the past three years.
4.Documentation of 30 continuing-education hours in the gerontology specialty acquired in the past three years.

For questions about the eligibility requirements and completed details, please check the ANCC website.

Topics Include

DAY 1 - Thursday, May 9, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm

• ANCC Certification as a Gerontological Nurse

• Cognitive and Psychological Disorders

• Health Promotion

• Gerontological Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice

• Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

• Environments of Care and the Long-Term Care Continuum

• End of Life Care

DAY 2 - Friday, May 10, 2024 | 8:30am – 2:45pm

• Gero-Pharmacology

• Special Issues in the Aging Population

• The Aging Population

• Acute and Chronic Illness

• Organizational and Health Policy Issues

• Spirituality

Learning Outcome:
Participants in the ANCC Gerontological Nurse Certification Review Course will gain valuable knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of gerontological nursing content for application in clinical practice, nursing education, and research, and facilitates preparation for the ANCC Gerontological Nurse Certification exam.

CE Credit:
Participants will be awarded 12.0 Nursing Contact Hours for attending at least 90% of this program and completing the post-course evaluation.

South Piedmont Area Health Education Center is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Live Webinar Information
This Live Webinar will be broadcast with Zoom. Instructions to join the Live Webinar will be emailed prior to the event. You can test your computer by going to the Zoom Test Page

This project is/was supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number U1QHP28734, Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the BHPr, HRSA, DHHS or the U.S. Government.”

“The UNC Center for Aging and Health, Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program also provided support."

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  • 1.Describe the benefits of specialty certification.
  • 1.Review a brief history of gerontological nursing practice.
  • 1.Outline a plan for preparing to take the certification exam.
  • 1.Highlight recommendations for continued competence and certification renewal.
  • 2.Identify cognitive and psychological disorders in older adults.
  • 3.Define Hospice, Palliative care, and Advance Care Planning
  • 3.Describe communication techniques and appropriate application at the end-of-life
  • 3.Examine nursing care for common end-of-life symptoms in older adults
  • 4.Explain the five focus areas that comprise the scope and standards of practice for gerontological nursing.
  • 4.Describe the updates to the revised scope and standards of practice.
  • 5.Examine and describe the comprehensive geriatric assessment process and the skills needed to perform it across practice settings.
  • 6.Explore services and resources that are community-based available to older adults.
  • 6.Describe care provided in residential facilities for the older adult.
  • 6.Discuss the safety and security concerns facing older adults.
  • 7.Discuss disease prevention and health promotion for older adults.
  • 7.Describe the three levels of prevention; Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary.
  • 7.Identify at least 3 ways to improve the health of older adults.
  • 8.Review age-related changes in organ structure/function and the impact on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • 8.Describe high risk medications in the 2023 Beer’s Criteria.
  • 8.Identify risk factors for polypharmacy and drug non-adherence, adverse reactions, and drug interactions.
  • 8.Identify common herbal supplements and their usage.
  • 9.Identify special concerns in the care of older adults: pain management, elder abuse and the use of telehealth.
  • 10.Discuss content required for the Gerontological Nurse Certification exam on the following topics: demographics; categories of aging; ageism and myths; aging theories; and communication with the older adult
  • 11.Describe acute and chronic illnesses with regard to the body functions of circulation, respiration, endocrine, skin integrity, and sensory.
  • 12.Describe advocacy efforts to improve the healthcare of older adults, including legislation and advocacy organizations.
  • 12.Describe how healthcare delivery and reimbursement affect the care of older adults in the healthcare system.
  • 12.Describe ways nurses can advocate for the healthcare needs of the population of older adults.
  • 13.Describe spiritual care and the impact of grief and bereavement care for older adults at the end-of-life
  • 13.Describe ways to enhance consciousness/awareness of interfaith and the impact on grief/death/comfort


Kimberly Schnitzler MSN, RN, 704-512-6523


Tamatha Arms PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NP-C, Jouvonkia Briggs MBA MSN RN, Barbara Diggle PhD, NP, BC, Kira Durr PharmD, David Eaker MHA, MSL, BSN, RN, Autumn Henson MSN, DNP, NP, Sharon Hunt , Letha Joseph DNP, RN, AGPCNP-BC, Laurie Kennedy-Malone RN, Tomika Williams PhD, AGPCNP-C, RN-BC
May 9 - 10, 2024
Check-In Time
7:45 AM
12.00 - Nursing Contact Hours
Live Webinar
May 9 - 10, 2024
Live Webinar
Discounted registration fee for Current NCNA Members
Registration for entire 2-day course. DAY 1 - 05/09/24, DAY 2 - 05/10/24
Nursing Contact Hours