University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

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Preparing Leaders in the Field of Geriatric Nursing

Through an eight year grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence is one of nine founding members of the National Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Generous matching support from the Ray and Tye Noorda Family Foundation assist the Center in preparing graduate students to become leaders in the nursing care of older adults. The goal of the University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence is to expand the number of highly qualified faculty and clinicians in geriatrics and gerontologic nursing to educate tomorrow’s leaders in advancing science and provide the highest quality of direct care for older adults. Individualized learning opportunities provide rewarding career paths for Master of Science (MS) in Nursing in nursing education and care management for emerging health care models. Nurse practitioner students in acute care, primary care and mental health can elect subspecialization in geriatric nursing as an option in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program fulfill roles as faculty in major universities, nurse scientists, and leaders in academic, clinical, and health policy roles. The PhD program is grounded in a rich research environment where trainees participate in research with active funded scientists. Postdoctoral training is available under an NIH funded grant in cancer, aging, and end of life. 

Students who wish to focus in geriatrics/gerontology will incorporate courses in the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program graduate certificate or other designated aging coursework to graduate as experts in caring for older adults. These programs provide options and potential stipend support for nurses to specialize in geriatrics.