College of Nursing

Karen S. Neill, Ph.D., R.N., SANE-A, DF-IAFN, Interim Dean and Professor

Vernon Kubiak, DNP, APRN, CNS, CNP, RN, BC-TMH Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies

Tina Mladenka, DNP, WHNP-BC, RN, DNP Program Coordinator

Jennifer Hackwith, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, - Accelerated Program Coordinator

Susan Tavernier, PhD, CNS, RN, AOCN, MS/PhD Program Coordinator

Mary A. Nies, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FAAHB, Director for the Department of Nursing Research

Professors: Nies, Neill

Associate Professor: Arvidson, Tavernier

Assistant Professor: Clarkson, Weaver

Clinical Professor: Mladenka

Clinical Assistant Professors: Baron, Belliston, Bloom-Cosens, Christoffersen, Crownhart, Danstrom, Esplin, Hensley, Hulen, Hackwith, Kubiak, Morris, Omotowa, Sabel 

Clinical Instructor: Smout


The College of Nursing (CON) Mission is to prepare caring, exemplary nurse leaders who integrate education, service, and scholarship, through practice and research, to enhance the quality of life for rural and diverse populations.


The CON Vision is to be a distinguished College of Nursing committed to being as humanistic and compassionate as we are scientific and innovative.

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree programs offered by the College of Nursing include:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing

The Ph.D. in Nursing will prepare the graduate to conduct scientific research and participate actively in lifelong scholarship, leadership, and education.    

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

D.N.P. specific program options include: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The College of Nursing also offers a Post-Master's DNP degree for students holding certification as an FNP or PMHNP. The primary goal of the DNP degree program options is to prepare experts in advanced nursing practice in specialized area with an emphasis on innovation and evidence-based applications to improve healthcare outcomes. The graduate will evidence competency in evaluating clinical outcomes, identify and manage health care needs of individuals, families, and populations, use technology and information to transform health care systems, and participate in interprofessional collaboration to develop effective models of health care delivery.  

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.) Education Option

The Master of Science in Nursing Education option will prepare the graduate with advanced knowledge in nursing education and leadership to facilitate knowledge development, integration and evaluation to improve health outcomes. The primary goal of the Master of Science in Nursing Education option is to prepare experts in nursing education principles and practices with an emphasis on leadership, innovation, and evidence based applications.


The Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs in the College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001.

College of Nursing Fees

The College of Nursing (CON) charges a student professional fee each semester of enrollment including summer session in any nursing program. Other fees may apply. Please see ISU College of Nursing website at for further information.