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Education Opportunities in Gerontological Nursing

There are a number of programs offered by the College of Nursing to prepare nurses with knowledge and skills in gerontological nursing.

Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Undergraduate Programs

Students in the BSN program have the opportunity to gain excellent basic preparation to care for older persons in a variety of settings, including long term care and acute care. All students take a required course in Gerontological Nursing and can choose a clinical practicum in a variety of settings, including older person’s homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and other agencies that serve elders.

RN to BSN Program

This program enables registered nurses to complete a bachelors in nursing in a fast-track program on campus or in sites closer to their homes around the State. The program is also organized to enable students to fast-track directly into a Master’s program in nursing.

Graduate Programs

Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP curriculum is designed to prepare the next generation of advance practice nurses and leaders. Students are taught by national leaders in clinical education, evidence based practice, and health systems.  Speciality options include the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care or Acute Care. Nurses interested in adult and gerontological primary care are prepared to sit for American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification and obtain Advanced Registered Nurse licensure in Iowa.

Masters of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL)

The Clinical Nurse Leader or CNL is an evolving nursing role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with leaders from the education and practice arenas. AACN is advancing the CNL as a clinical expert focused upon improving the quality of patient care and helping professional nurses to thrive in the health care system.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD program prepares scholars to move nursing science forward.  The program helps students build on their knowledge base while focusing coursework and research on Aging/Gerontological Nursing, Graduates of the program are prepared for careers as researchers, college and university faculty members, consultants, and as nursing leaders in the profession.