NURS 217X Gerontology Nursing • 3 Cr.


This course explores the process of aging. Physiological, psychological, sociocultural, ethical, and legal aspects of aging are examined within the context of the family and society. A focus will be on promoting healthy aging. Use of evidence based research findings and assessment tools will be utilized in the course. Prerequisite: Admission to the program or permission of Associate Dean of Nursing.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify one’s personal and cultural beliefs, values, attitudes, expectations about aging and its impact on delivery of care to the elderly and their families.
  • Recognize geriatric syndromes associated with the elderly - utilizing the Advance Care of the Elderly (ACE’s unfolding cases)
  • Compare and contrast theories of aging
  • Develop patient care plans that prevent and reduce common risk factors that lead to functional decline, poor quality of life and increased disability
  • Identify normal physiological changes that occur as one ages
  • Apply reliable evidence based practice tools that assess functional, physical, cognitive, social, environmental, and spiritual status of the elderly client.
  • Apply evidence base practice models of care in planning and delivering safe, quality care to the elderly client.
  • Examine evidence base practice related to health care of the aging population
  • Analyze ethical, legal, and economic issues affecting the aging population.
  • Examine end of life and palliative care