APRN Gerontological Specialist

Certification Examination

Offered by:

Gerontological 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

Exam Dates & Deadlines:  

GNCC CBT Spring Testing

Testing period: April 1-30

On-time postmark deadline: 2/18/20

With $50 late fee added: 3/3/20


GNCC CBT Fall Testing

Testing period: September 1-30

On-time postmark deadline: 7/22/20

With $50 late fee added: 8/5/20


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


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