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Embracing the Challenge of Hard Work

Jonathan Gerbode-Grant

Online Prerequisites Student Profile: Jonathan Gerbode-Grant

As an engineering supervisor, Jonathan Gerbode-Grant was no stranger to hard work. So while taking several online science prerequisite classes at the MGH Institute, he embraced the amount of time and effort he needed to apply to a direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing program.

“These courses are not for someone looking to just sail through without working hard to earn their grade,” he said. “I really loved that we were held accountable for assignments and the quality and integrity of our work.”

Gerbode-Grant, who took three online laboratory courses at the Institute, was impressed by the anatomy and physiology (A&P) interface developed by the late Professor John Rooney. Laboratory study in this online course is conducted with the use of a virtual dissector which allows students to view body parts and study their relationships in human cadavers. Students also use a simulation feature within this software to conduct a virtual EKG test and explore other assessments of human physiology.

“The faculty are some the best I have had,” said Gerbode-Grant. “They are passionate and driven people who want to inspire their students to embody those same beliefs.”

He also cited the remarkable research on Alzheimer’s disease by Professor Oksana Berezovska, PhD, an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and an assistant in neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital. “That hit home because my wife’s grandmother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” he said.

“The classes didn’t allow you to fall behind/lose focus,” he added. “For me, this was excellent because I work better and am able to learn more with the constant pressure of assignments and the healthy competition from other excellent students.”

After completing his prerequisite courses at the MGH Institute, Gerbode-Grant enrolled at Simmons College, where he is working on completing his  nursing degree.