Gerontology (PMCO)

The OHSU School of Nursing provides an innovative program that enhances your capacity to serve older adults using an intensive format and online coursework that builds on existing knowledge in other specialties. We offer a program in Advanced Practice Gerontological Nursing, resulting in a Post-Master’s certificate. This program is designed to prepare advanced practice experts who manage the health of older adults. Graduates of this program will be prepared to function in a variety of roles with a diverse clientele of older adults, their families and caregivers and within a number of settings in the health care system. Unique to this program is an emphasis on health issues of vulnerable older adults and a particular focus on rural health and aging.

Coursework – Offered Statewide

This program is currently offered online with one on campus intensive in Portland at the beginning of fall term. The intensive may be up to a week long.

Why advanced Practice Gerontological Nursing

In the next half century, the elderly population in the United States is projected to more than double in size — from 31 million to 80 million. Today, Oregon ranks 17th among the 50 states in the percentage of its population over age 65, but in less than 25 years the US Bureau of the Census projects that Oregon will rank fourth. 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.

What you will Study and Learn

This program involves nine credits of didactic and three to seven credits of clinical practicum. Coursework includes:

  • Aging Person and Family: Health Promotion
  • Understanding and Intervening for common Geriatric Syndromes
  • Health Systems in the Care of the Older Adult
  • Clinical Practicum with Adults