Geriatrics Concentration

Geriatrics/Geriatric Nursing is a subspecialty practice that focuses on care of the older adult and particularly the frail older adult. This holistic approach to care is focused on supporting and/or improving physical and psychosocial function and wellbeing of all older adults. The overarching goal is to support older adult functional independence for as long as possible and feasible. A great deal of emphasis is on articulation and fulfillment of the older adults’ health care goals and wishes. Interprofessional collaboration is essential in providing optimal geriatric-focused care. Given the ever-increasing number of older adults worldwide, the need for geriatric knowledgeable nurses is quite clear.


Successful completion of three of four courses outlined below.

Elective Courses

N295B Care of Older Adults

Winter, Wednesdays 1-3:30 p.m.

2.5 units

N295D Adult-Gero Mental Health Seminar I

Spring, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. for weeks 1-5 only

1 unit

N213D Common Problems in Older Adult Cancer Care

Fall, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.

2 units

N203 Palliative and End of Life Care Across the Continuum

Winter quarter, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.

2 units

Process for Applying to the Concentration

Students must have approval from their academic advisor.

Contact Us

Coordinator: Astrid Block, MS, RN, GCNS-BC