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Geriatric Nursing Programs
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Overview of Geriatric Nursing - by Kathy Quan, RN BSN

The field of geriatric nursing is not new, but it is one of the fastest growing specialties in nursing today. Its main goal is to provide care for the particular physical and psychological needs of elderly patients, which can include helping them learn to adapt to limitations, managing chronic illness, educating them on preventative care and being responsive to common conditions in aging patients, such as depression and dementia.

With health care taking a major turn from a sick model to a preventative medical model, helping the aging population remain as healthy and independent as possible is an important goal. And, with those over 80 years old projected to be the fastest growing population in the next decade, the demand for health care practitioners specializing in the specific needs of older Americans will skyrocket.

Listed below are all of the schools in the US offering accredited Geriatric Nursing programs.


Below, BestNursingDegree.com interviews gerontological clinical nurse specialist, Toby Embry, MSN, APRN, CNS. Embry started his career as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and now works in the Heart Failure Program at Sutter Visiting Nurses and Hospice as well as being an adjunct assistant professor at Dominican University.


What do you need to get started in geriatric nursing?

You can become involved in geriatric care as an RN or LPN working in hospitals, rehabilitative centers, nursing homes, hospice facilities and within homes as a home health care nurse.

As you continue in your nursing career, there are many ways to further specialize in gerontology from earning a certification to pursuing a master’s or advanced practice degree. For example, you can become a geriatric clinical nurse specialist, or if you are interested in advanced practice, you can earn a degree as a geriatric nurse practitioner. Nurses with doctoral degrees in geriatric nursing are in high demand to fill faculty positions and educate further generations of nurses. Overall, there is a huge need for geriatric nurses—as you specialize, you will have the advantage of advancing your career and even leading the field as gerontology continues to develop and grow.

Where can geriatric nurses work?

Beyond the walls of the hospital, geriatric care offers many opportunities for nursing careers.

Nursing homes, for both short and long term care, are a great place to find nursing opportunities. The roles for nurses can include rehabilitative care for patients suffering the effects of stroke or complications from falls or other injury. Nurses here also provide general restorative care after an illness or surgery.

Fitness and wellness for the aging population are newer areas of geriatric nursing. In this role, a nurse would educate patients and their families about nutrition, exercise, appropriate sleep patterns, and preventative care methods to ease age-related wear and tear and injury.

Home health care services provide opportunities for nurses to care for patients within their homes, completing assessments and managing chronic conditions. The field has expanded to include younger populations as well, but the majority of patients are in need of someone skilled in providing care for the elderly.

Palliative and end-of-life care are natural fits for someone in geriatric nursing (hospice care can also be included in this category). Nurses working in this area assist the elderly in maintaining their quality of life, so that they are able to die with dignity, free of pain and other symptoms. Patients requiring this type of care can be suffering from a variety of conditions including: heart disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, renal failure, and general debility.

Psychiatric nursing may not be the first area of nursing you think of as geriatric care, but the elderly have a unique need for psychological as well as physical care. Depression is a common condition for the aging patient. Illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, can lead to psych-social symptoms such as anxiety, hallucinations, sundowning, and combativeness—all of which need specialized pharmacology and nursing interventions to manage.

Case management also plays an enormous part in geriatric care and involves helping patients and families find access to community resources and make long term plans for care. Although this was once thought to be more of a role for social workers, geriatric nurses can present valuable insight on conditions, providing education about signs, symptoms, medications, care and preventative measures.


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Alabama

South University Online (Montgomery, AL)
Program Name: MSN - Adult-Gerentology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner - Adult/Gerontological Primary Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Program Name: Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP (online), Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP (online), Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Palliative Care Specialty (online), Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role) (online), Geropsychiatric (Adult Psych NP/Gerontological NP) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Arizona

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Arkansas

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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California

Brandman University (Irvine, CA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
Program Name: Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Stanislaus (Turlock, CA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Program Name: Adult and Aging Family CNS, Adult and Aging Family Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and Elderly (Acute Critical Care Nursing NP/CNS CNS or Nurse Educator)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Gerontology (CNS and/or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nursing (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California-Irvine (Irvine, CA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - FNP or Adult/Geriatric NP
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Colorado

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO)
Program Name: Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Colorado-Denver (Denver, CO)
Program Name: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Connecticut

Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Program Name: Gerontological Primary Care NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Delaware

Widener University (Wilmington, DE)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health-Gerontology Nursing & Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing CNS
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District Of Columbia

Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
Program Name: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Florida

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee, FL)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Program Name: MSN - Adult-Gerentology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Georgia

Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Savannah, GA)
Program Name: MSN - Adult-Gerentology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online), RN to MSN Bridge - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI)
Program Name: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Illinois

Illinois State University (Normal, IL)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Rush University (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Gerontological CNS, Gerontological NP (GNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Adult/Geriatric NP, Geriatric (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Iowa

Allen College (Waterloo, IA)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological NP or CNS, Gerontological Nursing Education/Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Kansas

Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS)
Program Name: Gerontology CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, KS)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontological Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, KY)
Program Name: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Program Name: MSN - Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Louisiana

Southern University and A & M College (Baton Rouge, LA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (Family or Gerontology NP)
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Maine

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Maryland

University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
Program Name: Adult & Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Massachusetts

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Program Name: Gerontological NP/CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
MGH Institute of Health Professions (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Adult-Gerontology NP, Gerontology CNS, NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, MA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Massachusetts-Medical School (Worcester, MA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with Adult/Acute Critical Care or Adult Primary Care
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Michigan

Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI)
Program Name: Adult/Elderly APN (NP/CNS), Advanced Nursing Practice (Child/Adolescent or Adult/Older Adult)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Oakland University (Rochester, MI)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
Program Name: Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Minnesota

Metropolitan State University (Saint Paul, MN)
Program Name: Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (ANP/GNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner: Adult/Gerontological
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Adult Health/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Health/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice - Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health, Gerontology and Pediatrics CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: MSN - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (RN Track) (online), MSN - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (BSN Track) (online), MSN - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (RN Track) (online), MSN- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (BSN Track) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Mississippi

Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Mississippi University for Women (Columbus, MS)
Program Name: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Missouri

Maryville University (St. Louis, MO)
Program Name: Online Master of Science in Nursing- Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
St. Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Gerontological (NP CNS or Nurse Educator) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Nebraska

Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Cardiology, Gerontology, or Oncology option), Adult Nurse Practitioner (Gerontology Option), Family Nurse Practitioner (Gerontology option)
University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Gerontological and Geropsychiatric Nursing (NP or CNS) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New Jersey

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-Newark (Newark, NJ)
Program Name: Acute Care of the Adult and Aged (NP or CNS) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Program Name: Gerontological NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (Newark, NJ)
Program Name: Dual Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health/Gerontological NP
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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New York

Columbia University (New York, NY)
Program Name: Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
CUNY-College of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY)
Program Name: Gerontological Nursing CNS, Gerontological Nursing CNS/NP
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
CUNY-Hunter College (New York, NY)
Program Name: Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
CUNY-Lehman College (Bronx, NY)
Program Name: Nursing of Older Adults CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
LIU Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)
Program Name: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
New York University (New York, NY)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Geriatrics NP, Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Primary Care/Geriatrics NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontology CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
SUNY-Binghamton (Binghamton, NY)
Program Name: Gerontological Health Nursing - Nurse Administrator, Gerontological Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontological Nursing - Nurse Educator, Gerontological Nursing - Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
SUNY-Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome (Utica, NY)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The Sage Colleges (Troy, NY)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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North Carolina

Duke University (Durham, NC)
Program Name: Gerontology (NP or CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological NP, Nursing Gerontology
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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North Dakota

University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
Program Name: Gerontology Nursing (CNS or NP) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Ohio

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
Program Name: ANP/GNP, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP), GNP/Gerontological CNS
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Kent State University (Kent, OH)
Program Name: Geriatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Akron (Akron, OH)
Program Name: Adult Gerontological Health Nursing - CNS, Adult Gerontological Health Nursing - NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Cincinnati - Online (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: MSN - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
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Oregon

Oregon Health & Science University (Portland, OR)
Program Name: Doctor of Nursing Practice - Adult-Gerontology CNS, Masters in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology CNS, MS or MN in Nursing Education with Emphasis in Gerontological Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Pennsylvania

Gwynedd-Mercy College (Gwynedd Valley, PA)
Program Name: CNS in Gerontology
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Neumann University (Aston, PA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
Program Name: Gerontology CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Widener University (Chester, PA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health-Gerontology Nursing & Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing CNS
Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nursing (CNS)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
Program Name: Clinical Specialist in Gerontology (online), Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health & Gerontology CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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South Carolina

Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nursing (CNS), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Columbia, SC)
Program Name: MSN - Adult-Gerentology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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South Dakota

Mount Marty College (Yankton, SD)
Program Name: Masters in Nursing (Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner) (online)
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Tennessee

East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)
Program Name: Gerontology (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Texas

Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)
Program Name: Nursing Education - Adult Health/Gerontology
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock, TX)
Program Name: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX)
Program Name: Gerontological NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Program Name: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
The University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX)
Program Name: Geriatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX)
Program Name: Gerontological Nursing (CNS NP or Education)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, TX)
Program Name: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program - Gerontological (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Utah

Independence University (Salt Lake City, UT)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Gerontology (online)
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Virginia

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Hampton University (Hampton, VA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
Program Name: Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Radford University (Radford, VA)
Program Name: Geronotology Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Program Name: Community and Public Health Leadership Program with combined Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner preparation
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Washington

Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Seattle University (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Gerontological
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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West Virginia

West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV / Parkersburg, WV)
Program Name: Geriatric NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Wisconsin

Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist / Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Concordia University-Wisconsin (Mequon, WI)
Program Name: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Program Name: Older Adults, Older Adults CNS, Older Adults NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
Program Name: Adult/Gerontology