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 1992. 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. She has also provided presentations on health literacy and aging designed to improve understanding and application of health information, and has worked with speakers to develop their presentation skills. Patti recently became a facilitator for AARP's Disrupt Aging Classroom, to encourage students to address ageism and consider the opportunities resulting from the aging trend.

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