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OHSU Gero Degrees

WHY GERONTOLOGY?

In the next half century, the elderly population in the United States is projected to more than triple in size — from 8 million to 31 million. Older adults have very complex healthcare needs, however the majority of clinicians are not trained specifically to care for an aging population. Increased numbers of advanced practice nurses who are able to provide leadership and high-quality care to this growing and vulnerable population are urgently needed.

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PROGRAMS IN GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING

The School of Nursing is nationally known for its strength in practice-relevant gerontological nursing education and research in a number of areas, including healthy aging, dementia care, family care giving, and end-of-life care. During the past two decades, gerontological nursing faculty at OHSU have developed pioneering education, practice, and research projects that benefit older adults and those who care for them. The OHSU School of Nursing and Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (HCGNE) are pleased to offer the following innovative educational programs that enhance capacity to serve older adults.

MS/MN IN NURSING EDUCATION WITH AN EMPHASIS IN GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING

The OHSU Master of Nursing Education program with specialization in gerontological nursing began accepting students in 2007. This program is designed for the bachelor’s prepared nurse who is interested in pursuing a career in teaching nursing, either as a faculty member in a school of nursing or in staff development positions. All coursework taken during the MNE program will apply to the PhD in nursing degree.

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PhD IN GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING

As part of the mission to grow the population of PhD-prepared gerontological nursing faculty, OHSU offers two distinct pathways to a doctoral degree, the traditional post-master’s pathway and a post-baccalaureate to PhD. The gerontological expertise of OHSU faculty makes is possible for strong specialty courses and mentorship for PhD students committed to improving care to older persons through advanced practice, education, and research.

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ADULT GERO ACUTE CARE NP (AGACNP)

Acuity in hospitals has been rising rapidly, due to the declining average length of stay and to new technology that allows rapid assessment, treatment and discharge. Hospitals are increasingly becoming large intensive care units, with cardiac monitoring, respiratory assistance and intense treatment a growing part of the average patient's plan of care. More and more frequently, hospitalists and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are meeting these needs. Employing Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners whose scope encompasses gerontology is a cost effective alternative for hospitals.

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POST-MASTERS CERTIFICATION IN GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING (PMCO)

PMCO is an innovative distance program in advanced practice gerontology designed to prepare advance practice experts who manage the health of older adults. Unique to this program is an emphasis on health issues of vulnerable older adults with a particular focus on rural health and aging.

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UNDERGRADUATE GERO HONORS OPTION

The Gerontological Nursing Honors Program (GNHP) is designed for nursing students in any OHSU School of Nursing undergraduate program to receive additional mentorship and credits related to working with aging adults. This unique honors program helps undergraduate students to better understand the needs of the aging population and prepares students for taking the next step in their education with an in-depth focus in gerontological nursing. Students in the GNHP build a strong foundation for graduate study and future certification in gerontological nursing, in addition to receiving scholarship funding.

Programs of Study

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