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Older patients often require complex and specialized care to maintain physical and mental health. With new advances in all areas of health care, nurses specializing in gerontology offer their patients increased mobility, improved resilience and greater peace of mind.

Career Potential

Graduates specializing in gerontological nursing work in general nursing practice and often take on leadership roles in continuing care, acute care, community nursing, home care, health promotion and primary care. Market trends indicate that independent practice in the area of self-care for older persons (with an emphasis on teaching preventive strategies) will become a central role for the gerontological nurse in the near future.

Contact Information

T: 780-497-4730 

Program Requirements

NURS 475Ethics in Gerontology and Palliative Care 12
NURS 476Leadership in Care Management 12
NURS 477Therapeutic Relations in Specialty Practice 13
NURS 478Field Project 11
NURS 480Conceptualizing Gerontology 12
NURS 481Optimizing Older Adult Health 14
NURS 482Dementia Care in the Elderly 14
Total Credits18

The minimum passing grade for this course is a C-.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted to one of the following:

Regular Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants must be actively registered in Canada as one of the following:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Graduate Nurse with a temporary permit
  • Licensed Practical Nurse 
  • Registered Practical Nurse

Additional Admission Criteria

All applicants must meet the following:

1. English Language Proficiency

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicable to all admission categories

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan University’s academic calendar or online at