Gerontological Nursing

The Post-Master’s Gerontological Nursing clinical concentration prepares graduates to be specialists in the multidimensional care of older adults. The curriculum focuses on the optimization of the aging person’s well-being, both physical and psychosocial. A holistic and multidisciplinary approach to care is stressed. Students gain experience in working collaboratively with advanced practice nurses, physicians, and other health professionals to provide high quality care for older adults and their families.

  • Nurse Practitioner

    This role prepares advanced practice nurses to care for older adults across the health care continuum. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for national board certification exams as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. Following board certification, graduates are eligible for recognition as an advanced practice nurse in Texas and meet the minimum educational requirements for participation in Medicare.

Requirements for the degree or certification depend upon the chosen functional role. Non-thesis options are available for students seeking a MSN.

For information on clinical preceptorships, please see our Preceptor Guidelines (pdf).

Prospective students should be aware that all School of Nursing students are required to have a computer and must have basic computer skills. For more information on computer requirements see computer requirements and recommendations.

Curriculum Plans

Course # Course Title CNS Hours NP Hours
Advanced Practice Core
N5529 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 3
N6151 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 3
N6152 W Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis 2 2
N6152 B Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis 1 1
N6156 W Advanced Practice Role and Health Policy 1 1
N6157 W Health Promotion and Education 1 1
N6158 W Legal and Ethical Foundations for Advanced Practice 1 1
N6159 W Health Care Systems and Practice Management   1
Clinical Focus
N6551 Diagnostic Tests and Procedures    
N6724 Roles and Competencies for Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice 1  
N6312 W Gerontology I: Physiology and Social Issues in Aging 1 1
N6313 W Gerontology I: Primary Care and Pharmacotherapeutics in Aging 1 1
N6555 Gerontology II: Chronic Disease Management 2 2
N5551 W Gerontology III: Syndromes in Aging 2 2
N6721 C CNS Clinical Practicum I – Gerontology 2  
N6722 C CNS Clinical Practicum II – Gerontology 2  
N6723 C CNS Clinical Practicum III – Gerontology 2  
Role Seminar/Preceptorship
N6720 C Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Preceptorship Gerontology 5  
N6754 Advanced Clinical Practice:
Nurse Practitioner Role & Preceptorship – Gerontology

Note: 1 semester hour of credit is earned for:

  • 4 clock hours per week of clinical experience,

  • 1 clock hour per week of lecture, or

  • 2 clock hours per week of seminar.

Consult individual course descriptions in the catalog for details on clinical, lecture, and seminar hours and prerequisite or corequisite requirements.

Student Support

Each student will be assigned an academic advisor at the time of admission to the program. The student and the academic advisor will complete a degree plan to specify which courses will be taken to complete the degree requirements. Degree plan policy and procedures may be found in MSN Program Policy G5320 (pdf).

Additional details on preceptorships are available for review in the Preceptor Guidelines (pdf). This document provides an outline of criteria for selection of preceptors and clinical sites, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the student, preceptor, faculty, and clinical site in the precepted clinical experience.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The School of Nursing is proud of its commitment to graduate education through the offering of merit- and need-based scholarships and grants. The application process is competitive and begins during the application review cycle. For more information, please visit the scholarship information page on the website.

The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston reserve the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Track Director

Vaunette P. Fay, PhD, RNC, FNP, GNP

Director, Continuing Education (Email)