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).

Further inquiries can be directed to:

Jennifer Lucas
Centre for Nursing Studies -Continuing Nursing Studies
Southcott Hall, 100 Forest Rd.
St. John’s, NL A1A 1E5
Telephone: 709-777-8162
Toll Free: 1-888-290-6272
Fax: 709-777-8176

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Last updated: 2023-03-29