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Why Study Nursing Care of the Aging at UCLA School of Nursing?

  • Largest and most rapidly growing population group in need of nursing expertise
  • One of the largest programs in gerontological nursing in the United States
  • High national ranking of the School of Nursing at UCLA
  • Strong faculty expertise in culturally competent gerontological nursing care
  • One of the most racially/ethnically diverse cities in the United States
  • The UCLA commitment to the education of and care of ethnic minority populations
  • Exceptional campus resources in geriatrics and gerontology

    The growth of the elderly population will continue into the future.  By the middle of the 21st century, one in five Americans will be over 65, and there will be 15 to 18 million persons over the age of 85.  This growth trend will result in demand for health care professionals with expertise in Aging, the Aging process, and End of Life Care.

 

PHD PROGRAM Emphasis on gerontological nursing within these four areas:

  • Biobehavioral Sciences
  • Biologic Sciences
  • Health Disparities/Vulnerable Populations, and Health Services


ACCELERATED PHD PATHWAY
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Emphasis on culturally competent care of older adults in oncology, acute care, occupational health or gerontological nursing. Students accepted post-entry-level degree (BSN, MSN) HRSA D09HP10419-01-00


MASTERS PROGRAM FOR
GERONTOLOGICAL ADVANCE PRACTICE NURSING:

The gerontology specialty prepares nurses to assume an advanced practice role as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialist, or with dual clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner certification to meet the increased demands for leadership in health care for older persons, particular those challenged by chronic illness.

Emphasis is on the comprehensive assessment treatment and evaluation of the client and family.  Advanced knowledge and skills in pathophysiology and psychosocial concepts guide theory-based practice, with the goal of optimizing functional status.  Interdisciplinary collaboration and care management are emphasized.  The following tracks are available:

  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
  • Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Dual Degree: GNP/CNS Post- Masters Certificate.


YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM
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This program provides a 1-3 year mentored research experience in preparation for an academic research career for undergraduate and MECN nursing students. This innovative program is supported through the Accelerated PhD Pathway for Nursing Students with Entry-level degrees Program administered by the Center for Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Science (AGNS) and partially funded by the Health Resource Administration (D09HP10419).

 

THE GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA 62ND ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING:

During the month of November all of the Young Scholars and our PhD Gerontology students attended the Gerontological Society Annual Meeting.  This conference provides an opportunity for the both faculty and students to network and discuss groundbreaking research. Last years theme was "Creative Approaches to Healthy Aging".  At the event Dr. Jan Mentes' was inducted into the GSA.  During the event we received real time feedback from the Young Scholars regarding their experiences at the conference and impressions of the event as a whole.

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