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Allen College offers the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). The goal of the GNP track is to prepare advanced practice nurses with the expertise needed to meet the primary care demands of the rapidly growing segment of the population of older persons. The GNP track will provide a broad foundation in older adult primary care with a significant emphasis on (1) disease prevention, (2) health promotion and (3) care of older adults with chronic diseases and health conditions. Graduates gain the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, diagnose and manage common acute and chronic older adult health problems, including the unique aspects related to care of older persons. Students also gain an understanding of the healthcare delivery system in this country. The GNP collaborates with other healthcare professionals to ensure continuity of care in a range of settings. Graduates will complete a minimum of 600 hours of directly supervised clinical practice. Clinical practicum sites are arranged as close as possible to home areas for students.The GNP track will allow graduates to gain certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP). Graduates who achieve this national certification are also eligible for licensure as advanced practice nurses in the state of Iowa.

A post-mater's certification program is available for individuals who already hold an MSN degree.

Frequently Asked Questions 


What is the role of the geriatric nurse practitioner?
Geriatric Nurse Practitioners serve America’s aging population by managing both acute and chronic health care needs of older adults. Skills and knowledge needed include identification, screening, and triage of acute episodic illnesses; nursing and medical management of acute and chronic illnesses; community resources available for health promotion; health teaching and guidance of geriatric clients and their families about illness and its prevention; and health promotion and maintenance. 

Who can apply for the Allen College Gerontological Nurse Program?
Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a  regionally accredited school may apply.  (Students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may also apply  They will be required to take undergraduate courses in statistics, nursing research and community health prior to enrollment in certain master's level courses in addition to holding an associate's degree in nursing).  A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required. A minimum of one-year of clinical nursing experience as a registered nurse is required for enrollment in courses with a clinical/practicum requirement.

 How many clinical hours are required to be certified as a nurse practitioner?
600 hours

How are my clinical preceptors chosen?
Clinical preceptors are selected by the student in collaboration with clinical nurse practitioner faculty. Often students from distant locations search out preceptors in their community to limit travel. Preceptors can be identified by faculty if needed.Is nurse practitioner certification currently available?  What are its requirements?  Where would I find out more information?

Steps to become certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.

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