Master's prepared nurses who wish to specialize further and expand their knowledge base can choose to complete a post-master's certificate program. This option not only provides additional specialized knowledge, but can even allow advanced-practice nurses to change careers and become certified in another specialty. Those interested in adult medicine or gerontology can earn a post-master's certificate and possibly even further sub-specialize.

Choosing an Adult Gerontology Post-Master's Certificate Program

Selecting a post-master's certificate program can be daunting. With the adult-gerontology specialty, students can either pursue a program with an acute or primary care focus. Along with the offered adult-gerontology focus, students should keep the following in mind when researching academic programs:

  • Accreditation- The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) are the two nationally-recognized accreditation agencies for nursing programs. Some programs may be locally accredited, but for ease of licensure or certification, it's best to look for accreditation by one of these entities.
  • Cost- The overall cost to complete a program is a significant factor when selecting a post-master's certificate program. Cost may vary between programs, states, and even cities. Some schools may charge higher fees for out-of-state residents as well. Books, supplies, and university or technology fees are also added
  • Program Length- For many students, a post-master's certificate is an extended educational option. Because of this, many students are likely still working and managing a family while returning to school. Therefore, for some, the shorter the program, the better. However, students should ensure that the curriculum is sufficient for licensure/certification.
  • Online Options- This is another important factor that students look for. As mentioned earlier, students are likely continuing to work when enrolling in a post-master's certificate program. Online programs offer flexibility and self-paced learning which benefits those who are balancing work, family, and school responsibilities.
  • Internship/Externship Options- Students researching post-master's certificate programs should find out what their clinical experience will look like. Some programs are contracted with local hospitals or clinics, and sometimes students must find their facility. With the adult-gerontology specialty, the externship/internship options are usually pretty abundant.

Online Adult Gerontology Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Online post-master's certificate programs, like other academic programs, are becoming more and more prevalent. The following are some key points to keep in mind when considering an online program.

Online vs. Classroom-Based Adult Gerontology Post-Master's Certificate Programs

As stated earlier, online post-master's certificate programs offer students a great deal of flexibility. Nurses can work odd hours, as patient care is not always nine-to-five. Nurses work evenings, weekends, holidays, and night shifts. Being able to participate and study when convenient is critical for many nurses. Additionally, students can study using their personal learning methods and style, which helps retention.

However, some students prefer on-site learning to online programs. They may favor the didactic element between teachers and students as well as peer support. Some find the classroom setting more conducive to learning. Additionally, some students dislike the technology requirements and costs associated with online learning.

Adult Gerontology Post-Master's Certificate Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for and adult-gerontology post-master's certificate program may vary from school to school. However, general admission requirements may include:

  • Master's degree in nursing
  • Current APRN license, if applicable
  • Submission of a resume
  • Provide letters of recommendation
  • Have completed a specific number of clinical hours
  • Have completed advanced courses in pharmacology, physiology, and physical/health assessment

Adult Gerontology Post-Master's Certificate Curriculum

As with admission requirements, the curriculum for adult-gerontology post-master's programs can differ slightly between schools. Generally, the curriculum includes courses in:

  • Advanced pharmacology (if not completed in a master's degree program)
  • Advanced health assessment (if not completed in a master's degree program)
  • Advanced physiology (if not completed in a master's degree program)
  • Primary care of the adult (for those pursuing a career as a primary care provider)
  • Acute care of the adult (for those looking to work in hospitals, ERs, ICUs).
  • Completion of a specified number of clinical practicum hours. Students may choose an area of interest to sub-specialize as well (i.e., cardiology, neurology, etc.)

Helpful Resources

Other Degree Programs

List of Post Master's Certificate Adult Gerontology Certificate Programs

Select Your State:

Arizona

SchoolContact Information
University of Arizona
1305 N. Martin | PO Box 210203
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 626-6154

California

SchoolContact Information
Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 341-9800
Cal State LA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000
California State University Long Beach
Graduate Certificate Programs
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4111

Colorado

SchoolContact Information
University of Colorado
12950 E. Montview Boulevard
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-2152
University of Northern Colorado
501 20 ST.
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1890

Connecticut

SchoolContact Information
University of Conneticut
231 Glenbrook Rd
Storrs, CT 06269
(860) 486-0876
Yale University
Graduate Certificate Programs
400 West Campus Drive
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 785-2389

Delaware

SchoolContact Information
Wesley University
120 North State Street
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 736-2300

District Of Columbia

SchoolContact Information
The George Washington University
2121 I St NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-1000

Florida

SchoolContact Information
Barry University
Graduate Certificate Programs
11300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161
(305) 899-3379
Florida International University
Graduate Certificate Programs
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-7748
Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 680-4111
University of Central Florida
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 823-2744

Georgia

SchoolContact Information
Armstrong State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 344-2576
Augusta University
1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-9767
Georgia State University
33 Gilmer St SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 413-2000
Mercer University
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31207
(180) 063-7237 x8

Idaho

SchoolContact Information
Boise State University
1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 426-1000

Illinois

SchoolContact Information
Lewis University
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 838-0500
Loyola University of Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 274-3000
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
511 NE Greenleaf Street
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 655-2201

Indiana

SchoolContact Information
Purdue University Northwest
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
(219) 989-2400
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712
(812) 464-8600

Iowa

SchoolContact Information
Graceland University
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
(641) 784-5000
University of Iowa
50 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 335-7018

Kentucky

SchoolContact Information
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
315 College of Nursing Building 751 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536
(859) 323-5108

Massachusetts

SchoolContact Information
MGH Institute Of Health Professions
36 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 726-2947
Regis University
Graduate Certificate Programs
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 768-7000
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 William T. Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 287-5000
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue
North Worcester, MA 01655
(508) 856-3488

Michigan

SchoolContact Information
Eastern Michigan University
Graduate Certificate Programs
900 Oakwood St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-1849
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 993-1245
University of Michigan
426 N. Ingalls St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 763-5985

Minnesota

SchoolContact Information
The College of St. Scholastica
Graduate Certificate Programs
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(800) 447-5444
University of Minnesota
Graduate Certificate Programs
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-9600
Wiona State University Rochester
859 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 285-7100

Missouri

SchoolContact Information
Maryville University
650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 529-9300
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Graduate Certificate Programs
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 516-5000

Nebraska

SchoolContact Information
Clarkson College
Graduate Certificate Programs
101 S. 42 Street
Omaha, NE 68131
(402) 552-3100
Creighton University
Graduate Certificate Programs
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
(402) 280-2700
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Graduate Certificate Programs
42nd and Emile
Omaha, NE 68198
(402) 559-4000

Nevada

SchoolContact Information
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-1110

New Jersey

SchoolContact Information
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1000 River Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 692-2000
Felician University
Graduate Certificate Programs
One Felician Way
Rutherford, NJ 07070
(201) 559-6000
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
(732) 571-3400
Rutgers School of Nursing
180 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 972-4307
Saint Peter's University
2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 761-6000
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 761-9000
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205
(609) 652-1776
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
(609) 771-2591
William Paterson University
Graduate Certificate Programs
300 Pompton Rd
Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 720-2000

New Mexico

SchoolContact Information
The University of New Mexico
2502 Marble Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 272-0858

New York

SchoolContact Information
Adelphi University
Graduate Certificate Programs
One South Ave, P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530
(800) 233-5744
Binghamton University
Graduate Certificate Programs
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2000
Daemen College
4380 Main Street
Amherst, NY 14226
(800) 462-7652
Mount Saint Mary College
Graduate Certificate Programs
330 Powell Ave.
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 561-0800
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Graduate Certificate Programs
433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 998-5300
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 385-8000
Stony Brook School of Nursing
Graduate Certificate Programs
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 689-8333

North Carolina

SchoolContact Information
East Carolina University
Graduate Certificate Programs
East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 328-6131
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Graduate Certificate Programs
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223
(704) 687-8622

Ohio

SchoolContact Information
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-2000
Kent State University
1375 University Esplanade
Kent, OH 44242
(330) 672-7930
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
127 S Davis Ave
Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 234-5800
Ohio University

Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-1000
The University of Akron
Graduate Certificate Programs
302 E Buchtel Ave
Akron, OH 44325
(330) 972-7111
University of Cincinnati
2600 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(151) 355-8550 x0
Youngstown State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1 University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
(330) 941-3000

Oklahoma

SchoolContact Information
Oklahoma City University
2501 N Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 208-5000

Pennsylvania

SchoolContact Information
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
1601 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 895-2000
La Salle University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 951-1000
Neumann University
Graduate Certificate Programs
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 01901
(610) 459-0905
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Graduate Certificate Programs
418 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-8281
York College of Pennsylvania
Graduate Certificate Programs
443 Country Club Rd
York, PA 17403
(717) 846-7788

Rhode Island

SchoolContact Information
University of Rhode Island
Graduate Certificate Programs
45 Upper College Rd
Kingston, RI 02881
(401) 874-1000

South Carolina

SchoolContact Information
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7412

Tennessee

SchoolContact Information
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 425-4416
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center- Memphis
910 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-5500
Union University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 661-6545

Texas

SchoolContact Information
Texas Tech University
3601 4th St.
Lubbock, TX 79430
(806) 743-2730
The University of Texas at Austin
110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3434
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Dr
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 567-7000

Vermont

SchoolContact Information
University of Vermont
Graduate Certificate Programs
The University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-3131

Virginia

SchoolContact Information
Radford University
Graduate Certificate Programs
E Main St
Radford, VA 24141
(540) 831-5000
Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 665-4500
University of Virginia
Graduate Certificate Programs
225 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, VA 22903-3388
(434) 924-0141
Virginia Commonwealth University
1100 East Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23298
(804) 828-0724

Washington

SchoolContact Information
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98447
(253) 535-7411
University of Washington
1410 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-2100

Wisconsin

SchoolContact Information
Concordia Wisconsin Campus
Graduate Certificate Programs
12800 N Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
(262) 243-5700
Marquette University
1250 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(800) 222-6544
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Graduate Certificate Programs
2442 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 229-1122

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