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  • Gerontology Resources for APRN Preceptors and Students ToolkitCareer Center

    The Education- and Toolkit Committees of GAPNA launched their 2017 revised “Gerontology Resources for APRN Preceptors and Students,” toolkit.

    The goal of this toolkit is to make geriatric and gerontological content accessible to those caring for older adults. It is designed with advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) students, preceptors, and educators in mind, and it provides a single portal to comprehensive resources.

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  • The GAPNA Clinical Resource Corner

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    With over 106+ categories, the short features/articles contain valuable information tailored especially for Gerontological APRN's that will help them with patients, as well as increase their knowledge of this field of nursing. All of the articles directly affect, involve, and impact the elderly.

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GAPNA is proud to announce a new APRN Specialty Certification in Gerontology – the APRN Gerontological Specialist Certification (GS-C).

This specialty certification distinguishes APRNs who possess expert knowledge, experience, and skill in managing the complex health needs of older adults. The first certification exam will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the spring 2018 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference in Boston, MA.

The registration fee for the exam is $295 for GAPNA members and $395 for others.

Preregistration to sit for the exam is required. All applications must be postmarked by February 2, 2018.

For full information on eligibility and to apply, download the:

Exam Application and Guidelines Highlighted Areas


To be eligible to participate, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must hold a full and unrestricted RN license in the United States or its territories.
  2. The applicant must have current recognition or must meet the requirements by the state board of nursing to perform as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).
  3. The applicant must hold current national certification in an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) role.
  4. The applicant must have a minimum of 2500 hours of experience in an advanced practice role, working with older adults, during the last 5 years.
  5. The applicant must have completed fifty (50) contact hours of approved continuing education specific to gerontology* within the 3 years prior to submitting the exam application. Continuing education hours must be accredited by a provider or approver of continuing nursing education, or medical education, such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a state board of nursing, nursing association, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

* For initial GS-C certification by examination, continuing education contact hours include online or on-campus coursework, attending conferences, lectures, etc., where the applicant is the learner.  Alternatively, precepting hours, writing entries or articles for publications, giving presentations or lectures, etc., are considered professional contact hours, which can be used for recertification only, not for initial certification by examination.


It is the policy of GNCC that no individual shall be excluded from the opportunity to participate in the Gerontological Specialist Certification process on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.


Submission for Paper & Pencil (P&P) Testing – Boston, March 17, 2018:

Complete the exam application in its entirety.  Be sure to sign and date your application. The application and appropriate fee must be postmarked no later than February 2, 2018. Applications will be accepted for an additional two weeks beyond the postmark deadline elate with the addition of a late fee. No exceptions will be made to this policy. Mail or fax the completed application found on pages 8 through 11 to GNCC’s testing agency, the Center for Nursing Education and Testing, Inc., (C-NET). C-NET will review and processes your application for completeness.

You will receive your permit approximately two (2) weeks prior to the test date. The exam permit will include the test date, test site address, and the time you should report. If you have not received your exam permit three (3) days prior to the exam date, contact C-NET by phone at 800-463-0786, ext. 11 or by email at info@cnetnurse.com and request a duplicate exam permit be emailed to you. You must bring your permit on the day of your exam.

NOTE: If the application is incomplete, illegible, or the criteria cannot be verified, the candidate will be contacted to provide the missing information. If the requested information is not received within the stated time frame, the application process will stop and a refund less the administrative fee will be given.

You should arrive at the testing location on your examination permit at the report time listed. Bring your valid government-issued photo ID and the examination permit. The name on your ID must match the name on your exam permit. You need only bring your examination permit and your ID. Pencils and all other testing materials are provided. No drinks or food, aside from water inside a resealable bottle that is kept on the floor, are permitted in the testing area.

Cell phones and all other electronic devices are not permitted. Upon arrival, you will give the proctor your photo ID and examination permit to be checked in. When the test is scheduled to begin, the examining team will issue the testing materials and instructions to all candidates.

Your examination permit will be collected at the start of the test. Your photo ID will be returned upon completion of the exam.


The test specifications or blueprint is based on the results of a survey, which identified the practice patterns of APRNs in gerontology. The blueprint is valuable to the test taker because it breaks down the sections of the test. Use it to help you focus your study as you prepare for the exam.


The list may be helpful in preparing for the GS-C certification exam.


  • Halter, J.B., Ouslander, J.G., Studenski, S., High, K.P., Asthana, S., Supiano, M.A., Ritchie, C. (Eds.). (2017). Hazzard’s Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 7th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Ham, R.J., Sloane, P.D., Warshaw, G.A., Potter, J.F., & Flaherty, E. (Eds.). (2014). Ham’s Primary Care Geriatrics: A Case-Based Approach, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders/ Elsevier.
  • Ferrell, B.R., Coyle, N., & Paice, J. (Eds). (2015). Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing, 4th ed.  New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kennedy-Malone, L., Fletcher, K.R., & Martin-Plank, L. (Eds.). (2014). Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
  • Morley, J.E., Ouslander, J.G., Tolson, D., & Velias, B. (2013). Nursing Home Care. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Reuben, D.B., Herr, K.A., Pacala, J.T., Pollock, B.G., Potter, J.F., & Semla, T.P. (2016). Geriatrics at Your Fingertips, 18th ed.  New York: American Geriatrics Society.
  • Semla, T.P., Belzer, J.L., & Higbee, M.D. (Eds.). (2016). Geriatric Dosage Handbook, 21st ed. Hudson, OH: Lexicomp/ Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information.
  • Singelton, J.K., DiGregorio, R.W., Green-Hernandex, C, Holzemer, S.P., Faber, E.S., Ferrara, L.R., & Slyer, J.T. (Eds.) (2015). Primary Care: An Interprofessional Perspective, 2nd ed. New York: Springer Publishing company.

Other references - Examples


The GS-C credential is valid for five (5) years. Recertification is available by exam or by continuing education. Certified individuals receive courtesy recertification notices prior to the expiration of their certification. It is the certificants professional responsibility to know the certification expiration date.

Recertification applications should be submitted to GNCC no later than 30 days prior to your expiration date. For more information on GS-C recertification, visit GAPNA.org/recertification.

For full information on eligibility and to apply, download the Exam Application and Guidelines.

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