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Geriatric Nurse Practioner Program

College of Nursing

Geriatric Expertise:
The Future of Nursing is Here.

For years, the media warned us about the aging baby boomer generation. Now it’s time to take action. Nationally, 25 million adults are over 65 years of age. In Colorado, the pace is even more intense. Who are these seniors? Some are active and thriving. Increasingly, more will cross the 100-year threshold. Most of those over 65 have significant health issues—80 percent have at least one chronic disease, and more than half have two or more. The number of advanced practice nurses prepared to care for this diverse group is woefully inadequate—fewer than three percent nationally. That’s why it’s smart to consider adding to your education and career potential by earning an advanced practice adult-gerontology degree.


MS Program

New Nursing Program Options

One of America’s top nursing schools, the University of Colorado, College of Nursing offers two advanced practice gerontology programs to meet the needs of the growing elderly population. Students gain expertise in providing patient-centered, safe, competent, culturally-sensitive and evidence-based care to patients. Designed for busy adults, the programs combine a variety of online nursing education options with extensive supervision and onsite classes and intensives—ideal for the student who needs flexibility in scheduling study and class times or the student who lives in a rural area. Elective classes in gerontology are also available through our Family Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner​ programs.

MS-DNP Program

Anschutz Campus Advantages

The location of CU’s College of Nursing on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora offers strategic advantages. The collaborative nature of the campus enriches understanding and practice through extensive research, academic and clinical facilities. Nursing faculty conduct research projects funded at more than $6.5 million. Throughout the campus, researchers earn more than $400 million in awards. With a priority on interdisciplinary learning, nursing students benefit from contact with faculty and students in pharmacy, medicine, dental medicine and public health.


Nurse Practictioner Salary & Options

This rewarding field has professional options to fit your lifestyle needs. The salary range for adult gerontology nurse practitioners is $65,000-100,000. Openings will continue to grow for employment in primary care settings, acute care hospitals, hospice and palliative care, and (depending on the state) private independent practices. Dr. Joan Nelson of the nursing faculty is a test writer for the national certifying organization for nurse practitioners. She reports test writers have been incorporating expanded gerontological material in the GNP and ANP exams, to take effect beginning January 2013. Graduates of CU’s programs will be fully prepared to meet all geriatric competency requirements and be eligible to sit for these new certification exams.

Post-Master’s Certificates

Our Stories

Our individual stories are as varied as our personalities. They give you a better idea about the range of options available to nursing students. Our faculty continues to set the pace for innovation in nursing education. At the same time, they’re approachable and dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

MS-PhD Program

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Learn more about the enrollment, cost, teaching and clinical options for advanced practice programs in gerontological nursing. Take advantage of the chance to speak to another student or faculty in the program. Discover the wide range of options in caring for the aging—in wellness and in need.