This online course will enhance the knowledge of both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who work with our older populations. Learners will learn to approach their nursing practice specific to older people, with attention to physical and psychological needs, spiritual beliefs, culture, family and friends. Removing preconceived ideas, and debunking common myths, the learning will emphasis person-centered care that is as individual as the persons they care for. This Gerontology in Nursing course incorporates Geriatrics, (study of health and disease in later life) and focuses on the holistic study of aging and maturation throughout the adult life span. The goal for learners is to provide health care to older people that improves longevity and quality of life. Content will include assessment of older persons, common disease conditions, co-morbidity, and physiological foundations and challenges of aging, such as: cognitive impairment, pain, pharmacology, nutrition, skin, independence and fall risks, communication and caring, sleep patterns, elder abuse and end of life care.
Please note: Applicants intending to register for Consolidated Clinical (PNUR 1130) are required to show proof of English proficiency. Please see the Consolidated Clinical website for full details.
This is a fully on-line self paced course. This course is approximately 100 hours of online learning and students must complete the course by the semester deadline, extensions are not possible. Students should be prepared to spend anywhere from 9-10 hours per week.
$500.00 CAD, plus GST
Successful grade for this course is Mastery
Learners who are not successful in PNUR 9031, Gerontology in Nursing may attempt the course for a second time. Learners requesting a second attempt are required to seek permission from the Director, in writing. Learners are advised to contact their Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body for advisement if they are not successful after a second attempt. No exceptions. Please note, there is no appeal mechanism within KPU for students receiving non-mastery.
Nursing licensure (pre / post licensure) and foundational nursing knowledge
How to Register
Please use the link located on the Faculty of Health, Professional Studies homepage and register via "flexreg". The course to search is PNUR 9031.
Registration closes two weeks after the semester begins to allow students sufficient time to complete.
Current Course Schedule (Please note: schedule is subject to change)
Current course schedules are available on the online registration system Flexreg www.kpu.ca/cps
Text books/Course Materials
Internet access required. Wifi technology not recommended for quiz/exams. Online course modality may not be fully functional when utilizing iPads &/or android devices.
Relevant Canadian textbooks (of your choice), current within five (5) years.
Please note: Textbooks available from KPU Bookstore or online through major distributors (ie, Amazon, Indigo, etc), or educational libraries.
Please contact our Program Assistant at 604.599.2232 or email