UCLA Geriatric and Gerontology Education
|Accelerated Ph.D. Pathway Program|
School of Nursing : Accelerated Ph.D. Pathway Program
To prepare ethnically diverse and culturally competent Academic Nursing Faculty with knowledge, skills and competencies to educate the next generations of nurses to care for the increasing numbers of ethnically diverse and vulnerable older adults from underserved populations.
[ Overview ]
This HRSA-funded pathway to the PhD in nursing (Grant #D0910419-01-00) is designed to prepare academic faculty and researchers with special knowledge about culturally competent care of older adults in Acute and Critical Care Nursing; Oncology Nursing; Occupational Health Nursing; and Gerontological Nursing. Students obtain research skills in Biologic Sciences, Biobehavioral Sciences, Health Disparities/Vulnerable Populations, or Health Services. The program is designed specifically for students with a BSN or generic master’s degree in nursing from a master’s entry-to-nursing program who can be admitted directly into the program after graduation. Although the length of doctoral education varies based on the knowledge and skills students bring to the program and their research interests, the pathway reduces time to PhD by about one-year.
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Recruitment targets ethnically diverse students from disadvantaged backgrounds from pre-licensure programs in nursing as well as students enrolled in AD-BSN programs. The curriculum consists of a transition year during which students take graduate-level theory/substantive courses including a Gerontological nursing (GN) core, specialty nursing core and ethnogeriatric nursing core; and courses in research/statistics. In year 2, students progress into the regular PhD program at UCLA School of Nursing. The Young Scholar’s Program, which is part of the program, is designed to create a “pipeline” to the PhD for students enrolled in pre-licensure programs. Young Scholars are given opportunities to engage in research and participate in educational activities specifically designed to prepare them for PhD education.
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