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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Health and Human Services

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Location: Health Innovation Center - FH455A
Telephone: 859-572-5248
Fax: 859-572-1934
Email Address:
Web Address:
Dean: Dale Stephenson
Other Key Personnel:

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Gannon Tagher
Associate Dean of Operations: Vanessa Hunn
Director of School of Nursing: Kim Dinsey-Reed
Director of School of Allied Health: Trina Cossin
Director of School of Kinesiology, Counseling and Rehab Sciences: Alar Lipping
Interim Director of School of Social Work: Linda Ault
Simulation Director: Gina Fieler
Assistant to the Dean: Maureen Krebs
Business Officer: Nannette Freadreacea
Director of Advising: Cathleen Wolff
Assistant Director of Advising: Dyane Foltz
Contracts and Compliance Officers: Hannah Brennan, Amanda Steinbrunner, and Melinda Zickefoose
Academic Assistant: Rebecca Cox
Academic Coordinator: Melanie Hall
Academic Coordinator: Ann Harding
Academic Assistant: Matthew Hoctor
Academic Assistant: Janice Ison
Academic Coordinator: Nikki Koeninger
Academic Assistant: Jackie Marsala
Academic Coordinator: Ann Peelman
Academic Coordinator: Annette Shumard
Academic Assistant: Eleanor Ralenkotter
Academic Assistant: Amy Sterrett
Academic Assistant: Christina Wagner
Academic Coordinator: Heidi Waters
Analyst, Academic Technology: Evan Downing and Jade Shi

The College of Health and Human Services is dedicated to providing quality educational programs for students wishing to enter a broad range of health professions. Academic programs in the college provide the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati service area with educational offerings that emphasize population health and the value of prevention of acute and chronic injury and disease. The college prides itself on being an institutional leader in offering online programs to current and prospective students. Residing in the Health Innovation Center, the college houses a state of the art simulation center that enhances the clinical experience for students majoring in our CHHS programs such as nursing, respiratory care, radiologic science, athletic training, social work, and many others. College goals are furthered through a spirit of collaboration with regional health partners and the scholarly activities performed by faculty and students.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, the master’s degree in nursing program, the post-graduate APRN certificate programs, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 463-6930 (

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN)
The BSN, Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate and Nurse Anesthesia programs at Northern Kentucky University, College of Health and Human Services are approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN).

Contact the KBN:
Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Pky
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: (502) 429-3300 or (800)305-2042
Fax:  502-429-3311

The radiologic science program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Contact the JRCERT:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304

The respiratory care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC).

Contact the COARC:
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Office: 817-283-2835
Fax: 817-354-8519 (paper fax) or 817-510-1063 (fax to email)

The social work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Contact the CSWE:

Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 683-8080
Fax: (703) 683/8099

The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Contact the CAATE:

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100
Austin, TX, 78731
Phone: (512) 733-9700

College Advising Center

Location: Health Innovation Center - FH461
Telephone: 859-572-5248
Fax: 859-572-1934
Email Address:
Key Personnel:

Director: Cathleen Wolff
Assistant Director of Advising: Dyane Foltz
Academic Advisor: Caitlin Drouillard Ahlrichs
Academic Advisor: Gwenette Gaddis
Academic Advisor: Jennifer Bobblitt-Johnson
Academic Advisor: Staci Hunt-Ramsey
Academic Advisor: Deborah Henry
Academic Advisor: Thomas Liauba
Academic Advisor: Emily Wagner
Academic Advisor: Ashley Galinger
Academic Advisor: Nick Pflum
Academic Advisor: Paige Long

Advisors in the College of Health and Human Services assist students pursuing or hoping to pursue one of the majors in our College.

College of Health and Human Services Policies

Student criminal background check: Health agencies are responsible for providing care to, and protecting the safety of, vulnerable populations such as children and the aged.  Consequentially, several agencies used for clinical placements require students to undergo criminal background checks by an external agency. Agencies may deny clinical access to students convicted of felonies and certain misdemeanors. Conviction of these offenses may result in a student’s denial of admission to, or dismissal from, the College of Health and Human Services. The criminal background check is required by the College as a part of the admission application process, with the cost of this and any subsequent screening to be borne by the student. The student must submit all required materials within the time frame established by his/her respective program and is responsible for notifying the College of Health and Human Services of any change in the status of this record. Please note that successful completion of a criminal background check does not ensure eligibility for certification, licensure, or future employment.


The Center for Simulation Education Location

Location: HIC 3rd and 4th floors
Telephone: 859-572-6322
Web Address:
Director: Gina Fieler

Our Mission is to deliver innovative, evidence based, learner-centered experiential education and engages in impactful scholarly endeavors, which empower our learners to have a positive influence on safety and population health. NKU’s Center for Simulation Education uses technology and thoughtfully designed spaces to create a safe learning environment where students can practice real-life healthcare situations.  The center features eight inpatient simulation rooms including an operating room, and a multi-bed critical care room.  In addition, the center has a simulated home health environment and eight outpatient examination rooms.  The simulation spaces allow for exploration and learner-centered education.

Northern Kentucky Nursing and Interprofessional Research Collaborative

Location: Health Innovation Center - FH 455
Telephone: 859-572-7453
Web Address:

The purpose of the Northern Kentucky Nursing and Interprofessional Research Collaborative (NIRC) is to positively impact the health of people within Kentucky through interdisciplinary research, quality improvement initiatives, and the application of evidence-based practice. Through the collaborative efforts between Northern Kentucky University, Rho Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honor Society, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District, the NIRC sponsors structured workshops, seminars, and professional meetings for interprofessional healthcare providers, university students and community partners. The goal of the NIRC is to support original research and application of research to foster positive healthcare outcomes within the community.

Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved

Location: Health Innovation Center - FH455
Telephone: 859-572-6342
Web Address:
Director: Jennifer Hunter

The Mission of the Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved (NACU) is to improve the health of the underserved in the Northern Kentucky region by reducing health disparities. NKU nursing students are learning within a population-based context of healthcare delivery grounded in scholarship that determines best-practice standards and prepares them for meaningful careers. Unique methods of instruction are used by faculty in preparing students to deal with population health needs within a community or within an institutional setting. NACU provides a singular model of care that immerses students in the community and allows them to become enlightened change agents. Students leave the comfort of fact-based theories in order to search, analyze, and synthesize information for decision making. Not only do students learn how to be change agents, but they often experience a change within themselves. Their perceptions of the underserved are altered, which leads them to become more empathetic as well as self- and socially-aware graduates. These interactions are transformative not only for the student but also for the faculty and the clients who are being served.

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