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APRN Gerontological Specialist

Certification Examination


Offered by:

Gerontology Nursing Certification Commission (GNCC)

East Holly Avenue

Box 56

Pitman, NJ 08071-0056
866.355.1392 (Toll Free)


To be eligible to participate, applicants must meet the following criteria:



  1. The applicant must hold a full and unrestricted RN license in the United States or its territories.

  2. The applicant must have current recognition or must meet the requirements by the state board of nursing to perform as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

  3. The applicant must hold current national certification in an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) role.

  4. The applicant must have a minimum of 2500 hours of experience in an advanced practice setting, primarily working with older adults, during the last 5 years.

  5. The applicant must have completed fifty (50) contact hours of approved continuing education in gerontology* within the 3 years prior to submitting the exam application. Continuing education hours must be accredited by a provider or approver of continuing nursing education, or medical education, such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a state board of nursing, nursing association, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. (AANP).


*Please Note: For initial GS-C certification by examination, continuing education contact hours include online or on-campus coursework, attending conferences, lectures, etc., where the applicant is the learner.  Alternatively, precepting hours, writing entries or articles for publications, giving presentations or lectures, etc., are considered professional contact hours, which can be used for re-certification only, not for initial certification by examination.

Handbook - Application - Study Materials:


$295 – GAPNA Members / $395 for Non-GAPNA Members


5 years from the date of passing the exam. Certificants are required to re-certify to maintain their certification.

Exam Dates & Deadlines:

                      - IMPORTANT NOTICE -

Be Advised: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,

standard procedures for exam dates and deadlines have been temporarily amended. Starting on January 1ST, 2021, C-NET will accept applications for this certification year-round. No deadlines or late fees shall apply.


Application Processing

Please allow four weeks for application processing. After your application is approved, our testing partner PSI will send a link to your email address allowing you to schedule an examination date online. Along with your link, you will be granted a 90-day testing window. You must both schedule and sit for your examination within the 90-day period provided. 

Extension Requests

If after scheduling your exam with PSI, you need to extend you testing window, you must do so by emailing our customer service desk at When requesting an extension, be sure to provide your name, the last four digits of your social security number, and the name of the test you are taking. For more information about extensions or scheduling during COVID, please click our "COVID-19 Update" link at the top of this page.

Please Note

These testing procedures are subject to change in the future as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.


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