DUSON Academic Opportunities

Brien Pace MSN Student

"The clinical care and research at DUSON blows my mind. You're involved in the evolutionary practice of medicine at a totally different level here." --Brien Pace, MSN Student


DUSON’s strong history in advancing the care of older adults

Gerontology has been an area of strength within the School of Nursing since the 1960’s, when faculty member Dr. Virginia Stone established the nation’s first gerontological master degree program.  Support from the National Institutes of Health in 2000 helped to create the Trajectories of Aging and Care Center, directed by Dr. Ruth Anderson, Dr. Elizabeth Clipp, and Dr. Eleanor McConnell—each an expert in the field of gerontology nursing and research.  This rich history and continued leadership in gerontological nursing gave rise to the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence in 2008 with support from The Duke Endowment and the Duke University School of Nursing.


ABSN Program

The School of Nursing offers an Accelerated BSN curriculum as a second degree program for adult learners who have completed an undergraduate degree. (www.nursing.duke.edu)

A highlight of our Accelerated curriculum is an award-winning course that teaches care of older adults by exposing students to evidence-based practice protocols for common geriatric syndromes, including falls, cognitive impairment, urinary incontinence, and pain management.


Nursing Care of Older Adults and Their Families (N230)

2004 WINNER: Best Stand Alone Geriatric Nursing Course in Baccalaureate Education
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) & The John A. Hartford Foundation, Institute for Geriatric Nursing

Credit Hours: 3