Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Associate/Diploma (09) & Baccalaureate (40) Gerontological Nurse Certification Exams
All Gerontological Nurse exams are offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). ANCC is the largest nursing credentialing organization in the United States, certifying more that 145,000 nurses.
Call ANCC at 1-800-284-2378 or visit ANCC's website to download the latest catalog. Click here to go to the find the materials on ANCC's website.
All Gerontological Nurse exams are computer-based, and are offered 6 days a week at hundreds of sites across the United States. To locate the testing center near you, click here.
ANCC's ADN/Diploma (09) and Baccalaureate (40) Gerontological Nurse certification examinations tests examinees on four broad areas of content including (a) Primary Care Considerations, (b) Major Health Problems, (c) Organizational and Health Policy Issues, and (d) Professional Issues. For more detailed information visit the links below for the respective exams.
For those interested in the ADN/Diploma level certification please click here.
For those interested in the Baccalaureate level certification please click here.
If you happen to work on a "geriatric" unit, in a long term care facility, or in a designated area for older patients then counting your hours is relatively straightforward.
Don't be discouraged if you don't happen to work in a setting like that. Did you know that approximately 50% of patients in the hospital today are over 65? So this means you probably spend 20 hours a week, at minimum, working with patients over 65. Think of it in these terms:
Chances are your Gerontological clinical hours total even more than that a year. You're well on your way to the required 2000 hours!
For your initial certification ANCC requires 30 contact hours focusing on Gerontological issues. Coming Soon - Register with ConsultGeriRn.org and keep track of your contact hours.
We've assembled information on ConsultGeriRn.org to help you prepare for your certification exam, including ideas for preparation courses, official examination content outlines, free review courses and practice exams. Check out the "Preparing for my Exam" page on this website.
Since 2001 approximately 82% of examinees successfully sat for the ADN/Diploma level Gerontological Nurse certification exam.
Since 2001 approximately 85% of examinees successfully sat for the Baccalaureate level Gerontological Nurse certification exam.
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