Gerontological Nursing Honors Program

UNDERGRADUATE GERONTOLOGY HONORS OPTION

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.

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 Pat Berry, Program Director, at berryp@ohsu.edu or Marilyn Sanguinetti, Hartford Center Project Administrator, at sanguine@ohsu.edu