Patricia Swager M.Ed.: Biography/Education

Clinical Education Director, Nevada Geriatric Education Center

Nevada Geriatric Education Center | Sanford Center for Aging


  • 05/1986: Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in business administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • 12/1991: Master of Education with emphasis in exercise science and health education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • 05/2000: Gerontology Certificate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • 06/2000: Faculty Development Program in Aging – Interdisciplinary Practice in a Diverse Society, University of California, Los Angeles, California Geriatric Education Center
  • 06/2006: Mini-fellowship in Ethnogeriatrics, Stanford Geriatric Education Center


Patti Swager earned her gerontology certificate and her master degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been active in the field of aging since 1993. Patti currently serves as the Director for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Nevada Geriatric Education Center.

The NGEC offers education programs for health care professionals, health professions students, and caregivers; provides interprofessional education opportunities for trainees in a variety of health disciplines; and offers guest lectures on topics in the field of aging. Patti has conducted aging sensitivity trainings to encourage people to look at the large healthy older population and consider the challenges that may occur for those who do experience loss or functional decline. She has also provided presentations on health literacy and aging designed to improve understanding and compliance, and has worked with speakers to develop their presentation skills.

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