Students seeking associate's degree programs that can lead to work as a geriatric nurse can start their education in a general nursing program. Nearly all of associates degree programs in nursing include clinical experiences in addition to classroom-based lectures. After obtaining an associate's degree, a registered nursing license and specialty experience in geriatric nursing, students can pursue professional certification as geriatric nurses.
Geriatric Nurse Associate Degree
All students hoping to earn an associate's degree in nursing must first obtain a high school diploma or pass the General Educational Development (GED) test. Students are not usually required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT for admission to an associate degree program in nursing.
Nursing courses teach students about the human body and the duties of nurses. Students may be able to take an elective in geriatric nursing. Courses may include:
- Nursing techniques
- Developmental psychology
- Human behavior
- Patient management
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nurses will enjoy above average job prospects between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). Employment of all registered nurses is expected to grow 16% during this period. In 2015, the BLS found that nurses earned a median annual salary of $67,490. Individuals with specialty certifications can earn more depending on location and experience.
Continuing Education Information
Classes from an associate's degree program usually transfer for credit towards a bachelor's degree. A bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree can lead to an accelerated career in nursing and health care. Students interested in geriatric health care can obtain specific professional certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a division of the ANA.
Aspiring geriatric nurses can start their career by attending an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program; these 2-year programs prepare them to take the certification exam to become a registered nurse. Bachelor's and graduate degree programs are available for students to learn more about nursing for the geriatric population.