The Post-Professional Certificate in Gerontology for Nurses Practitioners is a non-degree certificate designed for graduate-prepared Family, Adult Primary Care, Psychiatric Mental Health Primary Care, and Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioners who seek to increase their formal education as a principal provider of primary health care in the care of older adults.
The curriculum includes a total of 15 credits; nine (9) credits of core advanced nursing practice and six (6) approved elective credits. The core advanced nursing practice courses are specifically designed to enable the Nurse Practitioner to increase their capacity in the complex care of older adults. The curriculum includes a clinical practicum to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize and integrate concepts learned in the delivery of primary health care to older adults across a variety of settings.
Students will select six (6) credits of elective courses related to their career goals or interests (taught through other departments).
Upon successful completion of all requirements students will receive a Certificate in Gerontology for Nurse Practitioners. Certificate in Gerontology for Nurse Practitioners will appear on the student transcript.
Graduates will increase their marketability across health care settings with expertise in geriatrics and will enhance their clinical practice to better meet the complex health care needs of our aging population.
All applications to the School of Nursing are reviewed by faculty in that specific major/area of concentration. Applicants must meet a variety of criteria in order to be considered.
Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.
Criteria for admission to the Certificate in Gerontology for Nurse Practitioners include:
- Current RN license in U.S. state/territory where student will complete practicum requirement
- ≥ 3.0 GPA in MSN or DNP as a Family, Adult Primary Care, Psychiatric Mental Health Primary Care, or Adult Acute Care NP program from ACEN, NLN, ACICS, or CCNE accredited program
- Pre-admission interview
- Short essay
Note: This program includes a clinical practicum component that must be conducted in a state/territory of the U.S.
Tuition for online programs at the University of Pittsburgh is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates and student fee information can be found at the Pitt Online Tuition and Fees page.
Please visit the Certificate in Gerontology for Nurse Practitioners page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will help students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.