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Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

A Gerontological Nurse Practitioner is a multi-disciplined primary healthcare provider who helps patients manage the physical, mental, and social effects of aging.
Required education
MSN
Average Annual Salary
Attributes
Higher salary
Earn more by having advanced skills and responsibilities.
Independent
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Out-of-hospital
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Structured
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Varied
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll be able to prescribe medication, conduct tests and create full treatment plans for your patients.
Nursing bag, medication, and signs cartoon graphic
What you’ll do

Education

You’ll teach patients and their caregivers how to manage their chronic condition or disease.

Treatment

You’ll perform check-ups, conduct tests, analyze results, prescribe medications and come up with preventative care plans.

Where you’ll work
  • Nursing homes
  • Patients’ homes
  • Your own practice
How to become a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

01

Get an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.

03

Get your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis on Gerontology Nursing

and over 500 clinic hours of supervised experience in a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner role.

04

Get your Nurse Practitioner Certification

from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

05

You’re ready to work as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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