Geriatric Education Modules

Thank you for your interest in the School of Nursing’s Geriatric Education Modules. Please access the modules below. Be sure to follow all instructions to insure a seamless experience. We apologize, CEUs will no longer be offered for any of the following modules but a certificate of completion will still be awarded.


Button1Module 1: Aging Today and Tomorrow Lesson -Available

This introductory module will be used to familiarize nursing, social work and public health faculty to the demographic changes among the older population, cohort differences, shifts in values and preferences that will likely shape the ways in which older adults interact with the healthcare system and healthcare providers. Removing stereotypes about older adults as well the long term care system will be of importance in this module. 

Button2Module 2: Assessing Functional Ability in Older Adults -Available

The focus of Module 2 is on functional assessment of older adults, which means, determining the impact of diagnoses on the ability of an individual to remain independent in activities of daily living. The ability to function independently as we age in today’s world is an important determinant of our quality of life.

Button4Module 3A: Medication use in Older Adults – Foundations -Available

The purpose of this module is safe medication use in older adults. This module is designed for health professions educators who will integrate geriatric content into coursework and minimize medication risks. The module covers foundational content.
The focus of Module 3A is on safe medication use in older adults. This module is designed for health professions educators who value and will integrate geriatric content into coursework creating a learning environment where health care professional students are able to optimize pharmacological/ medicinal treatment (safe, effective and fiscally appropriate) and minimize risks.

Button3Module 3B: Medication use in Older Adults – Advanced Practice -Available

The purpose of this module is safe medication use in older adults. The learning needs of APRNs, pharmacists, and other professionals who may prescribe or dispense pharmacotherapy differ from those of other health professionals. The module covers advanced practice content..
The focus of Module 3B is on safe medication use in older adults. This module is designed for health professions educators who value and will integrate geriatric content into coursework creating a learning environment where health care professional students are able to optimize pharmacological/ medicinal treatment (safe, effective and fiscally appropriate) and minimize risks.

Button5Module 4: Interprofessional Collaborative Care for the Aging Adult -Now Available!

This module we will be addressing the full range of collaborative care including interprofessional care and the importance of interprofessional teams in designing the appropriate care plan for an older adult with chronic disease(s). The family caregiver becomes an important part of the interprofessional team who needs to be heard and included in care planning and decision-making. Successful care is also designed to minimize transitions for the older adult – transitions that can add to morbidity and poor outcomes for frail elders. And finally, interprofessional care is a gold standard of geriatric medicine because it recognizes that the holistic problem solving that emerges when a variety of perspectives are involved in the plan is not only important to elders, but necessary.


Course Disclaimer

ATTENTION Faculty: If you are using any of these lessons in your online course, please use the following disclaimer to serve as directions for your students:

When accessing the following module(s) be aware that you will first be directed to complete a demographics form. Once this form is completed and submitted, you will then be directed to a short registration page and then onto the module log in page. Enter the log in information listed below to proceed to the content (please enter the same email address throughout the module!). Make sure to complete all activities and requirements within each module. Once you are done, you must enter your same email address and click on the FINISH button at the end of the module in order for your grade to be recorded. The program manager will receive notification of your completion via email. Upon verification of all requirements you will receive an email with a link to complete a short evaluation survey before being directed to your certificate of completion. Please be aware that it may take between 24 to 48 hours after submission of lesson for you to receive this email.


Important Module Log in Instructions:

When Prompted, you must enter the following log in to access each module:

User Identifier: Your email address MUST be entered in order to receive notice of your certificate (use the same email address throughout lesson!!).
Access Password: NMSU_SON (case sensitive)

NOTE: it is a good idea to bookmark the lesson in case you need to return to it later.

All lessons are created using Softchalk CLOUD, and can be accessed using any of the most recent versions of the following browsers:

You will also need the latest Adobe Reader download as well as the latest Java and Adobe Flash plugins. If you encounter any issues with your lesson, please let us know by emailing us at tcap@nmsu.edu.


This project was made possible by funds from the Division of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), and the Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education (DPHIE). The content and conclusions are those of the author and are not an endorsement of or the official position of the US Government, DHHS, BHPR, or the DPHIE.