Core Competencies

Existing Formal Geriatrics Competencies and Milestones

The following healthcare disciplines have formalized geriatrics competencies approved by at least one national organization. Certification in these competencies varies by discipline. Some have formal certification pathways and some do not.

Medical Students (MDs and DOs)

Internal Medicine/Family Medicine




Social Work

Undergraduate and Graduate Education in Gerontology

Multidisciplinary Competencies in the Care of Older Adults at the Completion of the Entry-Level Health Professional Degree

  • Universal geriatrics competencies relevant to all healthcare disciplines, reviewed and endorsed by 28 professional organizations  (Partnership for Health in Aging)

Personal Care Workers