Best Gerontological & Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Schools

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Below you can explore the top colleges and universities in the United States offering master’s-level accredited gerontological and geriatric nurse practitioner programs for the 2018-2019 school year.

2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Gerontological & Geriatric Nurse Practitioner School Rankings

Ranking College Name Location
Rush University Chicago, IL
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
#3 Tie
University of Maryland – _Baltimore Baltimore, MD
#3 Tie
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
Duke University Durham, NC
#7 Tie
Columbia University New York, NY
#7 Tie
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
#9 Tie
Emory University Atlanta, GA
#9 Tie
New York University (Meyers) New York, NY
#9 Tie
Ohio State University Columbus, OH
#9 Tie
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Gerontological & Geriatric Nurse Practitioners

As its name suggests, geriatric nursing involves the specialty of providing nursing services to geriatric (elderly) patients. Geriatric Nurse Practitioners (GNPs) are advanced practice registered nurses (RNs) who are responsible for the provision of healthcare and direct patient care to the elderly. Their primary duties include conducting routine exams, evaluating patients, assisting with pain management, diagnosing illness, and prescribing medications and therapy.

Most GNPs work in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and hospice centers. Others work in hospitals, clinics and with home health companies. Gerontological Nurse Practitioners are essentially the same as Geriatric Nurse Practitioners; providing direct patient care for the elderly. Both Gerontological and Geriatric Nurse Practitioners typically work under the supervision of a medical doctor or as part of a team of healthcare professionals.

GNPs are advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) specialists. Their specialty is the care and treatment of the elderly. The general requirements for becoming a GNP include earning an associate/bachelor’s degree in nursing, becoming a licensed RN, earning a graduate-level degree in gerontology nursing, becoming certified as an APRN through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Once certified, a residency program or one to two years of supervised experience is required to receive the designation of GNP.

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