The Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certification indicates specialization and higher level of training in treating the elderly population. This includes the management of acute and chronic illness, as well as addressing the psychosocial issues that can be present with aging. Gerontological Nurse Practitioners are employed in clinics, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities, and hospitals.
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In order to take the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner exam, the applicant must be a licensed Registered Nurse who has completed two years as a full-time registered nurse or its equivalent. The applicant must also have 2,000 hours of clinical practice within the last 3 years, and 30 hours of continuing education in gerontological nursing.
The Gerontological Nurse Practitioner exam is available to RNs throughout the year at various testing sites across the United States. The fee to take the exam is $295 for American Nurses Association (ANA) members and $395 for non-members.
The exam consists of 150 questions of which 25 of the questions are used for pre-testing purposes only for possible inclusion on future exams. 28% of the exam is concerned with assessment and diagnosis, 40% is concerned with planning, implementation, and evaluation, 32% is concerned with professional foundation.
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The Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certification is valid for 5 years. At the end of that time period, the licensed RN must recertify.
The fee for renewal is $250 for ANA members and $350 for non-members as long as the practice hour and continuing education hour requirements are met. For those who wish to retake the exam in order to recertify, the fee is $295 for ANA members and $395 for non-members.