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What is Gero Prep?

A 10-module learning program that prepares your RNs to pass the gerontological certification exam by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

An important new member benefit for the challenging road ahead.
WHAT: AHCA/NCAL Gerontological Nurse Certification Prep Course.
WHY: Solving pressing challenges today yields big all-in dividends tomorrow.
HOW: Proven certification training — online, self-paced and on-demand 24/7.
Learning module demo.
How Gero Prep began.
Good news spreads fast and far.
Meet your gerontological nursing education provider: UNMC College of Nursing.

An important new member benefit for the challenging road ahead.

Our central aims are to anticipate member needs, advocate on your behalf and help you elevate quality in long-term care. This new AHCA/NCAL member benefit ticks all the boxes. It also fits the quality and workforce initiatives of our association.

We’ve teamed with a nationally accredited provider of continuing nursing education so that you can provide advanced gerontological training to your key RN staff. This learning program:

  • solves an urgent training shortage today and prepares you for soaring geriatric care demand over the next two decades as huge waves of baby boomers retire each year.
  • has already proven itself in multiple dividends for nurses, residents and facility owners/administrators.

WHAT: AHCA/NCAL Gerontological Nurse Certification Prep Course.

Gero Prep expertly equips RNs to pass the national Gerontological Certification exam:

  • Created expressly to expand the knowledge, skills, competencies, personal and professional growth of registered nurses (RNs) in long-term care facilities.
  • Prepares RNs for attainment of national certification as Gerontological Nurses (credential RN-BC: Registered Nurse—Board Certified) through rigorous testing by the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC).
  • National certification is a badge of quality. It signifies the highest standard of clinical and leadership excellence. And it assures employers, residents and families of quality nursing care.
  • In facilities employing certified RNs, key quality indicators — including patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and RN satisfaction — have shown marked improvement.
  • To date, RNs who’ve taken this Gero Prep Course have a 96% exam pass rate.

WHY: Solving pressing challenges today yields big all-in dividends tomorrow.

HOW: Proven certification training — online, self-paced and on-demand 24/7.

  • Nurse eligibility criteria to take Gerontological Certification exam:
    • current active RN licensure in a U.S. state or territory — or the legally recognized equivalent in another country.
    • two years full-time practice as a RN.
    • a minimum of 2,000 hours of gerontological nursing practice in last 3 years.
    • has completed 30 hours of continuing education in gerontological nursing within last 3 years — fully satisfied by this Gero Prep certification training program.
  • Facility administrators select key RN staff at each of their facilities for certification training — and enroll them at
  • RNs then sign in — anytime, anywhere — for the web-based Gero Prep course at
  • Gero Prep learning program profile:
    • 10 online learning modules totaling 30 continuing education hours.
    • friendly, helpful, engaging, intuitive, easy-to-navigate learning structure.
    • self-paced — nurses may start, stop and resume on their own schedule.
    • advanced gerontological nursing instruction in easily digestible segments — with multiple learning activities, interactive structure, readings, case studies, resource links and review/self-quiz progress checkpoints.
    • companion textbook — hard copy or digital version.
  • Upon Gero Prep completion, nurses apply for the ANCC certification exam:
    • The Gerontological Certification exam is computer-based.
    • Nurses may apply all year and test, during a 90-day window, at a convenient time and location.
    • Full exam information at

Please note: Gero Prep credit hours also satisfy state-mandated continuing nursing education requirements. Currently, 32 states require CE for nurses, ranging from a high of 30 hours every two years to 5 hours each year.

Learning module demo

Click here to see a short example of the Gero Prep learning approach.

How Gero Prep began:

A driving passion to elevate geriatric nursing in long-term care facilities.
Gero Prep was born in a proposal by the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. It suggested ways to improve the quality of nursing care by directly involving facility owners and administrators in advanced geriatric nursing education leading to gerontological certification. And in the process: it proposed to cultivate nurse-leaders as advocates, sentinels and team leaders for their long-term care organizations.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation quickly funded the proposal with a grant for a regional pilot project. RWJF is a leading advocate of innovative health care via progressive education and delivery systems that improve care quality and safety.

Midwest Partners for Geriatric Nursing was formed and soon had facility and nurse participants over multiple states. The results were quickly clear. Training for Geriatric Nurse Certification yielded big dividends across the board — higher quality care, better services, lower staff turnover, happier nurses, residents and families. And thus Gero Prep was extended nationwide through AHCA/NCAL as sponsor.

Good news spreads fast and far.

The original Gero Prep grant entity had a leadership academy, which has since grown into a subset of the National Gerontological Nurses Association website ( It’s known as Special Interest Group — LTC, and Gero Prep academy nurses will lead the LTC interest group.

Meet your gerontological nursing education provider:

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing.
UNMC is a world-class health science center and an international destination for top-flight teachers, researchers, all health professions — and patients seeking rare, life-saving care.
  • A few fast facts about UNMC:
    • Its Lied Transplant Center draws patients worldwide.
    • Ranked #7 in primary care by U.S. News and World Report.
    • Leading research institution, including cancer and genetics.
    • Innovative programs in biohazard/bioterrorism preparedness and distance-delivery rural health care programs involving local partners.
    • Includes a state-of-the-art, free-standing Center for Successful Aging.
  • About the UNMC College of Nursing
    • The largest and most far-flung of UNMC’s health colleges — with five statewide nursing campuses.
    • Comprehensive nursing programs from bachelor’s to post-doctoral.
    • Ranked in the top tier of U.S. nursing schools in both academics and grant funding.
    • Nationally accredited continuing nursing education provider — supplying web-based learning for U.S. nurses in all 50 states.