School of Nursing

Baccalaureate Nursing Program

The baccalaureate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The School of Nursing is committed to providing opportunities for students to pursue their first professional degree in nursing. The program is designed to encompass both liberal arts and professional studies. The primary goal of the program is to prepare nurses to practice effectively in a variety of settings and administer nursing care, which promotes, maintains, and restores health to individuals, families and communities. Leadership and a commitment to the profession through research are included in the competencies of the program. Graduates are prepared to function not only as professional practitioners, but also as educated citizens capable of effecting and dealing with change in society. The program also provides a strong basis for continuing education and graduate study in nursing. Click here for admission and degree requirements.

Graduate Nursing Programs

The School of Nursing offers a variety of graduate tracks for advanced studies in nursing. Several tracks exist for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. These include the BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner FNP) track, BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthetist track, the general post-MSN DNP track, and the post-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) DNP track. The post- MSN DNP tracks are designed as a post-graduate degree program for those who are already possess, at minimum, a MSN and specialty certification. While the BSN-DNP FNP and BSN-DNP CRNA tracks are offered on campus, the post-MSN DNP tracks are offered online. Click here for admission and degree requirements 

School of Nursing Faculty

Lillia M. Loriz, Ph.D., G.N.P., B.C., Professor & Director, School of Nursing
Kathaleen C. Bloom, Ph.D., C.N.M., Professor & Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Program Coordinators

Judy M. Comeaux, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., Director, Regular Prelicensure B.SN.
Cynthia Cummings, Ed.D., R.N., Director, Accelerated Prelicensure B.S.N. 
Debra Wagner, Ph.D., C.N.M., Director, R.N.-B.S.N. Bridge


Pamela S. Chally, Ph.D., R.N., Professor
Lucy B. Trice, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., B.C., Professor Emeritus
Jan, Meires, Ed.D., A.R.N.P., B.C., Professor
M. Catherine Hough, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor
Barbara Kruger, Ph.D. R.N., Associate Professor
Doreen Radjenovic, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., B.C., Associate Professor
Katherine Robinson, Ph.D., R.N.,  Associate Professor
Judy Comeaux, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., Assistant Professor
Bonnie Pope, Ph.D., F.N.P, B.C., Assistant Professor
Linda Connelly, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., Assistant Professor
Connie Roush, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor
Peggy L. Hoff, M.N., A.R.N.P., B.C., Senior Instructor
Jane Sander, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., Instructor
Deirdre Shoemake, M.S.N., A.R.N.P., Instructor
Mary Ellen Locklear, M.S.N., Instructor
Lauren McAlister, M.S.N, A.R.N.P-B.C, Instructor

Graduate School of Nursing

Lillia M. Loriz, Ph.D., G.N.P., B.C., Professor & Director, School of Nursing
John P. McDonough, Ed.D., C.R.N.A.., Professor & Associate Director for Graduate Nursing Programs

Graduate Program Directors

John P. McDonough, Ed.D, C.R.N.A., Professor & Director, Nurse Anesthetist Program 
Michele Bednarzyk, D,N.P, F.N.P., B.C., Assistant Professor & Program Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Gerard Hogan, D.N.S.C., C.R.N.A., Assistant Professor & Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


Kathaleen C. Bloom, Ph.D., C.N.M., Professor 
Pamela S. Chally, Ph.D., R.N., Professor
Jan Meires, Ed.D, A.R.N.P., B. C., Professor
Lucy B. Trice, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., B.C., Professor Emeritus 
Jane McCarthy, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., F.A.A.N, Professor
M. Catherine Hough, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor 
Barbara Kruger, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor 
Doreen Radjenovic, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., B.c., Associate Professor 
Katherine Robinson, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor 
Connie Roush, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor 
Michele Bednarzyk, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., B.C., Assistant Professor
Cynthia Cummings, Ed.D., R.N., Assistant Professor
Jurgen Osterbrink, Ph.D., R.N.A., Clinical Professor 
Debra Wagner, Ph.D, C.N.M., Assistant Professor
Gerard Hogan, D.N.S.C., C.R.N.A., Assistant Professor
Bridgette McQuaig, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., B.C., Assistant Professor
Tammy Carroll, M.S.N., C.R.N.A., Instructor & Assistant Program Director, Nurse Anesthetist Program 
debran Harmon, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., Instructor
Jonathon Pabalate, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., Assistant Instructor
Ryan Shores, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., Instructor
Patricia Richards, M.S.N., A.R.N.P., B.C., Instructor
Nina Smith, M.S.N., A.R.N.P., B.C., Instructor
William Self, M.S.N., A.R.N.P., B.C., Instructor