Post-Basic RN Gerontology Program

This program is designed to enable registered nurses to acquire the necessary knowledge and application of knowledge to care for older persons in all health-care settings.


The Gerontology program is delivered via distance education and includes:

  1. three core prerequisite modules,
  2. five gerontology self-learning modules and
  3. a clinical component.

1) Three core prerequisite modules are described below and involve the following evaluation:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (optional). A self-assessment checklist is provided to determine learning needs.
  • Health Assessment ‘bridging’ module. A self-assessment checklist to determine learning needs.
  • Health Promotion / Teaching and Learning Module. Evaluated with multiple choice exam.

2) Five gerontology self-learning modules are evaluated with multiple choice exams.

3) Clinical Component: has two options from which the student can choose, as follows:

  • Option 1: If a student has less than one year of clinical experience in a gerontology setting, the student is expected to do a 3-4 week preceptored clinical placement.
  • Option 2: If a student has one year or more clinical experience in a gerontology setting, the student will be expected to complete two written clinical assignments.

Program Completion

  • Students who have successfully completed the program are awarded a certificate from the Centre for Nursing Studies.
  • This program has received full approval from the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The Centre for Nursing Studies offers Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) as a service to students who feel they may have achieved learning through previous knowledge and experience.
  • Students can complete the program at their own pace within one year.


If you are interested in this program, please complete the Post-Basic RN Gerontology Program Registration Form (PDF).

Please note the Registrar’s Office is available to the public by appointment only. To request an appointment please email

Further inquiries can be directed to:

Catherine Rice
Centre for Nursing Studies – Continuing nursing studies coordinator
Southcott Hall, 100 Forest Rd.
St. John’s, NL A1A 1E5
Telephone: 709-777-8174
Toll Free: 1-888-290-6272
Fax: 709-777-8176

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Last updated: 2024-03-04