Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Cheryl Osborne, EdD, MSN, RN, FAGHE

Title: Professor of Nursing & Gerontology & Director of Gerontology

Office Location: Benicia 1020

Email: osbornec@csus.edu

Office Phone: (916) 278-7281

Mailing Address: Sacramento State 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6132

Office Hours: Thursday mornings by appointment

Professional Degrees & Honors

Doctor of Education, University of San Francisco. Focus: Curriculum and Instruction

FAGHE - Fellow in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (2013)

Master of Science in Nursing, California State University Chico. Focus: Older Adult, Chronic Illness & Education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Holy Names College.

Diploma: Registered Nurse, Samuel Merritt College School of Nursing


  • GERO 121/221: Models for Successful Aging
  • GERO 122/222: Managing Disorders in Elders
  • GERO 130: Gerontology Practicum
  • GERO 131: Gerontology Capstone Practicum
  • GERO 199/299: Special Problems
  • GERO 295: Internship/Project


  • Osborne, C. (2012-13). Gerontology & geriatric nursing curriculum integration online modules.
  • PI on two CSU "Give Students a Compass Phase II: Networking Partnerships 2012 & 2013."
  • Contributor: The dual challenge: Preserving services for the oldest old today; planning for the elderly baby boomers of tomorrow. (2009). Area 4 Agency on Aging, Contributor to final publication of this 7-County Report.
  • National Advisory Board Member & contributor to US Department of Education FIPSIE Grant with UCLA (Systems Response to Improving Education on Aging in California SAGE).
  • Contributor to: Lagerquist, S.L. (2012). NCLEX-RN success. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co.
  • Osborne, C. (2005). Sacramento Centenarian Project: Student and Elders Connect. Published in (peer-reviewed) AGHE 31st Annual Conference proceedings.
  • Osborne, C. (2002). Guidebook for developing an effective internship program. CCGG and CSU Chancellor's Office.

Research Interests

  • Attitudes About Longevity/Aging
  • Baby Boomer Needs as an Aging Population
  • Caregiver Burden/Coping
  • Curriculum Development
  • Educational Assessment
  • Educational Strategies
  • End of Life Challenges
  • Functional Restorative Care
  • Holistic Aspects of Longevity/Aging: Bio-psycho-social spiritual cultural/gender environmental age cohort
  • Nursing Professional Issues
  • Professional Socialization
  • Returning Student's Stressors/Coping
  • Older Women's Life Transitions

Professional Presentations

  • 2013 - AGHE 39th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference (Presenter & participant): A Collaborative Model for Incorporating High Impact Educational Practices in GE/Gerontology Courses: Promoting Student Motivation, Engagement, and Retention: A Two Step Process ~ "Compass IIA & IIB" (peer-reviewed).
  • 2013 - Presenter: Implementing Inter-college (Community College and CSU) Gerontology Curriculum (California Community College Statewide Curriculum Conference and California Council for Gerontology and Geriatrics).
  • 2011 - Guest speaker for Renaissance Society Forum Longevity - Participating in the Revolution: Promoting Health (Even During Times of Illness).
  • 2010 & 2011 - Guest speaker in CSUS Design course: Considering Older Adult Needs in Design.
  • 2010 - AGHE 36th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Pre Conference Institute Invited Presenter: Learning Goes Both Ways: Creating Intergenerational Experiences that Connect , Explore & Amplify Life Span Understanding.
  • 2009 & 2010 - Facilitator: Evidence-Based Health Promotion for Older Adults: Competencies, Content & UCLA Curricula.
  • 2008 - present - Presenter: UCLA/SCAN Geriatric Medicine Leadership Training Program (peer-reviewed). Includes mentorship of 1-3 fellows in the program.

Professional Activities

  • Gerontology/Geriatric BRN Certified Consultant: Sacramento City College, CSUS School of Nursing, & West Coast University
  • Sigma Phi Omega, Gerontology Honor Society, President
  • Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Fellow
  • California Council for Gerontology and Geriatrics - CSU Institutional Representative
  • University of California, Davis Center for Aging Community, Advisory Board Member
  • Advisory Board, Eskaton Carmichael Adult Day Health Center
  • California Gerontology Education Center
  • National Geriatric Nurses Association
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Benicia Hall

Benicia Hall, location of Gerontology offices

Guy West Bridge

Guy West Bridge

Dr. Osborne's Parents

Dr. Osborne's parents in 1977

Sac State Library in the Fall

The Sac State Library in the fall