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AHCA/NCAL Gerontological Nurse Certification Prep Course

Online training to become board certified

Gero Nurse Prep is an online training course designed to prepare RNs who care for elders to attain board certification in Gerontological Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This course equips RNs with a broad array of clinical knowledge, skills and competencies that are tested on the ANCC certification exam and essential for quality gerontological nursing practice and leadership of elder care teams.

Content in the course is mapped to ANCC test outline to ensure success in ANCC certification in Gerontological Nursing.

Gero Nurse Prep Alums have a 96% pass rate on the certification exam.

30 ANCC contact hours by the UNMC CON CiPDI, a Jointly Accredited Provider.

10 online educational modules, complete with content, assigned readings, learning activities, & numerous resources.

Practice test opportunities including a simulated certification exam & test taking strategies & tips.

End of course forum with tips from Gero Nurse Prep Alums who passed the certification exam

User friendly format available 24/7 on any computer with Internet access. Customer support available by phone, email or online

Welcome to superior care for seniors

Why wait?

Watch the video and learn about AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep course in nutshell. Take the first step and then enroll your registered nurses and invest in your future success today!

Why? What? Who?

Get answers to these questions: Why Gero Nurse Prep? What benefits can Gero Nurse Prep and board certification provide? Who benefits from having a board certified RN on staff?

An Introduction to Gero Nurse Prep

It's all about superior care for seniors. Check out the video to find out more about this special online course created to train RNs for board certification in Gerontological Nursing.

Get a Look at the Course

Find out what the course looks like! Get a glimpse of the online modules, a sample of a few of the interactive learning activities, and special features that you can expect from Gero Nurse Prep. 

Support the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative - Sign up your RNs today!

Those who work most closely with residents are at the core of providing quality care and achieving quality outcomes. Research shows that satisfied and happy staffs provide better quality care and contribute to greater quality of life for the residents in skilled nursing centers. With a more satisfied, well-trained, and committed staff providers see increased retention rates and fewer work-related accidents and injuries, all of which contribute to better overall performance of the center. Gero Nurse Prep can help nurses feel more confident and stabilize turnover. Gero Nurse Prep can help address all four quality initiatives set forth by the AHCA/NCAL, based on CMS quality indicators.

Pathway to Exceptional Board Certified Nursing

Gero Nurse Prep remains steadfast in assisting skilled nursing care centers in continuing to improve the quality of care provided to elders. We strive to promote a culture of quality for the long term and post-acute care sector. The map below displays those locations who have made the commitment to quality and have participated in the Gero Nurse Prep course.


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Glad I took the course. Knowing learners have a 96% success rate gave me confidence.


Being more confident in my knowledge base will enable me to practice more confidently.


The main thing the course did was to give me self-confidence in geriatric nursing.


I’m taking back several ideas for improvement and a renewed sense of motivation.


I was extremely pleased with the course itself & how well it prepared me for the ANCC exam.

Faculty & Support Staff

Heidi Keeler

Keeler, Heidi


Dr. Keeler received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, and her doctoral degree in nursing from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Beth Culross

Culross, Beth


Dr. Culross received her BSN from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, her MSN from Rush University in Chicago, IL and her PhD in Gerontology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Joyce Black

Black, Joyce


Dr. Joyce Black is a Professor with the UNMC College of Nursing. She has taught undergraduate students basic concepts, medical surgical nursing and ICU (Intensive Care Unit) nursing.

Sponsors and Provider

American Health Care Association

As the nation's largest association of long term and post-acute care providers, AHCA advocates for quality care and services for frail, elderly and disabled Americans. Our members provide essential care to approximately one million individuals in 11,000 not-for-profit and proprietary member facilities. AHCA represents the long term care community to the nation at large - to government, business leaders and the general public. We serve as a force for change, providing information, education and administrative tools that enhance quality at every level.

National Center For Assisted Living

NCAL is the assisted living voice of the AHCA. Its mission is to lead the assisted living profession through public policy advocacy, knowledge, education and professional development.NCAL is dedicated to promoting high quality, principle-driven assisted living care and services with a steadfast commitment to excellence, innovation and the advancement of person-centered care. The philosophy of assisted living is to provide care and services that respect resident choice, dignity, and independence in a home-like setting.


In support of improving patient care, University of Nebraska Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Our mission is to provide specialized and interprofessional educational activities and support innovative research that facilitate individual skills and team-based performance that improves outcomes for patients and communities. UNMC’s continuing education efforts aim to enhance the knowledge, skills, attitudes, competence and performance of health care professionals, ultimately improving patient outcomes and community health.