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Students seating at a deskThe University of Iowa College of Nursing Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence Young Gerontologic Nurse Clinician Program (YGNCP)

What is the Young Gerontologic Nurse Clinician Program?
The Young Gerontologic Nurse Clinician program (YGNC) is a 1-3 year mentored program for undergraduate nursing students interested in a career in gerontological nursing. This unique opportunity to participate as a YGNC is open to all undergraduate students who qualify.

What is expected of Young Gero Nurse Clinicians?

  • Participation in experiences (averaging 1-2 hrs/week) that incorporate older adults in a variety of clinical settings. Attendance at a  monthly meeting where students will share their experiences and plan future projects and activities.
  • Opportunity to complete a project under the direction of your faculty mentor and/or expert clinician on a topic of interest and importance to gerontologic nursing practice that results in a tangible product. For this project, the student is eligible to receive 1-3 hours of Independent Study or Honors Independent Study credit (for students who qualify) applicable toward graduation.
  • Participation in the interdisciplinary Interest group on Aging.

Benefits of being a Young Gero Nurse Clinician (YGNC)

  • The option of registering for Independent Study or Honors Independent Study for up to 3 credits toward graduation.
  • A valuable and unique clinical honor on your curriculum vitae.
  • Opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills in gerontological nursing.
  • Certificate of Gerontological Clinical Practicum Excellence.
  • Opportunity to attend a GNP or graduate class(s) in gerontological nursing; and/or to shadow a GNP, GNP students of outstanding gerontological nurse clinician.
  • Opportunity to attend special Adult and Gerontological Area of Study & Csomay Center events.

Application process
Application materials may be downloaded by the links below:

Application (PDF)     Transcript Release Form (PDF)

The YGNC application consists of the following items:

  • Completion of the YGNCP Application
  • Goal statement (no longer than 1 page, 12 point font) describing your clinical interests and professional goals as they relate to gerontological nursing, and your reason for interest in the YGNCP.
  • Two (2) endorsements from faculty or other health care professionals confirming your potential for clinical leadership in gerontological nursing.

Submit all materials to:
Barbara Kyles, YGNCP faculty advisor:

Application Deadlines:
December 1 for spring enrollment in the YGNC program
May 1 for fall enrollment in the YGNC program

Questions About the YGNC Program?
Contact Babara Kyles at 319-335-7380 or