Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program

trainees 2012_2013


Students admitted to the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track at the UW School of Nursing may be eligible for funding from the Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program (CGEP) from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Priority is given to newly admitted students. Graduate Certificate students are not eligible. HRSA requires trainees to have U.S. citizenship, a permanent resident visa, or non-citizen national status.

Awardees are selected based on CGEP application essays and their GPA. The essays address applicants’ financial need and professional goals related to gerontology and work with underserved populations.

The traineeship awards are available to full time (10 credits or more/quarter) AGNP students and include funding to assist with tuition, living expenses and health insurance. The award application deadline is May 12, 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year (September 2014 through June 2015).  Awards are contingent on continued HRSA support. Depending on confirmation of continued funding, we anticipate announcing awards mid-Summer 2014. 

Once awarded, trainees are expected to:

  • adhere to their planned program of study;
  • maintain satisfactory progress at the School of Nursing;
  • maintain enrollment and credit load as described above;
  • provide information to the SoN and to HRSA during and following the award period relating to academic progress, contact information, clinical venues for training and employment.

Geriatric Best Practices Teams (GBPTs)

  • GBPTs are academic/practice partnerships formalized to enhance training and practice that offer opportunities for clinical practicum venues and scholarly/ capstone projects on development or implementation of innovations in health care delivery.
  • GBPT formed at Level 1 trauma center.
  • Student projects focused on nurse led protocols for older adults e.g. trauma, pain management, and care transitions.

Geriatrics Information Portal 


To maximize use of evidence based online geriatric resources through a sustainable source.

Needs Assessment

Nursing students and community professionals (MD/ARNP) identified need for quick, efficient access to evidence based resources at the point of care.

Iterative Process

Call for and incorporate user feedback throughout the design and implementation process using tenets of the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER) initiative.

Potential Users

Healthcare providers and paraprofessionals; health sciences students and faculty.

GIP Prototype

  •  Created using a Drupal platform on the UW SoN website to allow access without a university log in and to ensure sustainability through
  • Master List of 100 + evidence based resources which can be downloaded as a pdf, searched, or printed.
  • Categorized by resource type: Clinical Guidelines, Information Literacy, Understanding Diverse Cultures, Disease and Procedure Information, Patient/Caregiver Resources, and Continuing Education.
  • Survey developed and linked for ongoing user feedback.
  • Partnerships with UW SoN’s de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies (CIPCT) program, and the Technology Innovations in Education and Research (TIER) team. 

Ongoing User Evaluation

Anonymous survey presented at multiple professional meetings.

Next Steps

  • Incorporate expert and user feedback: e.g., adding a search feature.
  • Develop tutorials for use of GIP and online resources.
  • Disseminate via professional networks.