As its name suggests, Geriatric nursing involves the speciality of providing nursing services to geriatric (elderly) patients. Geriatric Nurse Practioners (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 on 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 being the care and treatment of the elderly. The general requirements for becoming a GNP include earning a 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 Credentially 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.
Below you can explore the top colleges and university in the United States offering accredited gerontological and geriatric nurse practitioner programs.
Gerontological and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner College Rankings
|1||New York University – New York, NY|
|2||University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA|
|3||University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA|
|4||Oregon Health and Science University – Portland, OR|
|5||Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, OH|
|6||University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Little Rock, AR|
|7||Rush University – Chicago, IL|
|8||University of California – San Francisco – San Francisco, CA|
|9||University of Maryland – Baltimore – Baltimore, MD|
|10||Duke University – Durham, NC|
|11||University of North Carolina – Greensboro – Greensboro, NC|
* College rankings based on editor generated composite of major ranking indices.