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 an accredited Nurse Practitioner education program with a minimum of a Master’s Degree. The clinical portion of the educational program must have contained a minimum of 500 clinic hours.
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 $230 for American Nurses Association (ANA) members and $370 for non-members.
The exam consists of 175 questions of which 25 of the questions are used for pre-testing purposes only for possible inclusion on future exams. The Gerontological Nurse Practitioner exam tests the RN’s knowledge in all aspects of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic adult illnesses.
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Issues in health promotion and wellness are also included on the exam. Almost one-half of the exam focuses on specific questions dealing with the clinical management of the patient. The balance of the exam consists of questions regarding patient assessment, healthy living, patient factors, and research.
The Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certification is valid for 3 years. At the end of that time period, the licensed RN must have completed at least 1,000 hours of employment as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.
In addition, at least 75 continuing education hours should have been completed or other educational activities should have been completed as outlined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The fee for renewal is $160 for ANA members and $290 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 $230 for ANA members and $370 for non-members.
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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 9, 2019