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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Health Professions

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Location: Albright Health Center 206
Telephone: 859-572-5347
Fax: 859-572-1934
Email Address:
Web Address:
Dean: Dale Scalise-Smith
Associate Dean: David Tataw
Other Key Personnel:

Assistant to the Dean:  Maureen Krebs
Business Officer: Jeremy Berberich
Chief Nurse Executive:  Adrianne J. Lane
Director of Development:  Tara Widener
Analyst, Academic Technology: Evan Downing

The College of Health Professions faculty and staff are committed to providing students with excellent preparation in a variety of health careers. Students learn in and out of the classroom through online learning and high-fidelity simulation labs; they participate in a wide array of practice settings, where they gain invaluable hands-on experience. These learning experiences promote critical thinking in compassionate clinicians who are in high demand in the work force. Throughout their professional programs/clinical education experiences, students work closely with faculty on projects benefiting the larger community. Please contact the college for additional information and/or a tour of its facilities.


The Department of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, (CCNE)

The Advanced Nursing Program is accredited by:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education CCNE
The RN/BSN and the Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate programs at Northern Kentucky University College of Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Contact the CCNE:
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476

The DNP program at NKU is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).  

Contact the ACEN:
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

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

Contact the KBN:
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).

    20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182

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

    1248 Harwood Road
    Bedford, TX 76021-4244

College Advising Center

Location: Albright Health Center 303
Telephone: 859-572-6516
Fax: 859-572-6098
Email Address:
Key Personnel:

Director: Emily LaForge
Academic Advisor: Heather Moulton Gabbard
Academic Advisor: Rachel Croley
Academic Advisor: Diane Coning
Academic Advisor: Dyane Foltz

The college advising center offers students interested in the health professions academic advising and guidance in program planning. Students who hold the R.N. may also obtain advising from this center. Students at all levels of nursing education may obtain advising from this Center.

College of Health Professions 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 Professions. 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 Professions 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.


Northern Kentucky Nursing and Interprofessional Research Collaborative

Location: Albright Health Center 362
Telephone: 859-572-5347 or 859-572-6324
Email Address:
Web Address:
Director: Kimberly McErlane

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: Albright Health Center 322
Telephone: 859-572-5246
Web Address:
Director: Mary Kishman

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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