Gerontological Nursing Honors Program


The Gerontological Nursing Honors Program (GNHP) is designed for outstanding undergraduate nursing students to receive focused education, mentorship, and credits related to working with older adults. This unique honors program helps students understand the complex care needs of the aging population and prepares students for taking the next step in their education through an in-depth focus in gerontological nursing. GNHP students graduate with gerontology honors recognition on their transcripts and are recognized as honors graduates at commencement. 

About the program

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who provides support related to clinical placements and guidance regarding gerontological practice issues. Students complete online modules on gerontological nursing that apply concepts from pathophysiology, pharmacology,chronic illness, acute care and population nursing in a variety of settings. Additionally, students enroll in the GNHP Honors Seminar (three, one-credit quarters) where they explore evidence for best practice, complete a scholarly paper on a gerontological practice issue of their choice, and meet advanced practice gerontological nurses and scientists to help them develop their ideas. Students are expected to complete the bulk of their clinical assignments in settings where older adults receive nursing care or other services. Some examples of these settings include acute, critical, and emergency care, neighborhoods where older adults live, and assisted living.


All students, statewide, who have at least 4 terms remaining in their programs of study and who are accepted into one of the following OHSU School of Nursing undergraduate programs are eligible: RN-BS, 3 year BS in Nursing, and the Accelerated BS.

Students must maintain good academic standing, complete all program requirements, and maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 to remain in the program. Student conduct issues, should they arise, may make a student ineligible to continue in the program. Students must be continuously enrolled in the undergraduate program to qualify for the GNHP.

Students accepted into the GNHP must demonstrate a strong commitment to care of the older adult, a population that is rapidly increasing worldwide. Participating in the GNHP requires an additional time commitment beyond that required in the already-rigorous nursing program. Students applying for the program should be prepared to meet the additional intellectual and personal demands of the program.

Application Process

Students cannot be considered for this program without submitting: (1) a completed application form, (2) unofficial transcripts, (3) a letter of support from a nursing faculty member or nurse manager indicating an interest in the care of older adults, and (4) the required essay. Please go to the SoN website to complete and submit application materials. Admission to the GNHP will be determined by the information provided in the application including factors related to academic merit, interest in and commitment to GNHP nursing, and the candidate's background. Space is limited in the GNHP and admission is competitively based on application criteria.

Scholarship Support

Up to $1000 is available in scholarship assistance in the final 3 terms of the program. The scholarship assists with payment for the additional credits required as part of the honors curriculum. For more information, contact Juliana Cartwright, Program Director, at or Kate Maresh, Hartford Center Administrative Coordinator, at