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Schreiner University’s traditional BSN program ranked second in the state of Texas among CCNE and ACEN accredited schools by nursing.org for 2022.

Ranking is based on the program’s reputation, licensing exam (NCLEX) pass rate, tuition and acceptance rate and accreditation.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the Schreiner University BSN Program is to prepare caring, innovative, professional nurses who are leaders in addressing the evolving health care needs of all people and committed to self-development.

The vision of the Schreiner University BSN program is to cultivate a community of learning that equips students with the clinical judgement to meet evolving healthcare needs of individuals and communities. Faculty and staff foster creative learning experiences in support of future nursing clinicians, leaders, and scholars who are committed to compassionate holistic care.

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) determines if graduates are safe to begin practice as entry-level nurses, and is required for licensure.

The Schreiner University BSN Program boasts a 100% pass rate for 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022!

Prospective students may apply to the Schreiner Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program starting November 1, 2022. Deadline for submission of application and other required paperwork to the Schreiner University BSN program is March 31, 2023 for consideration of admission in the Fall semester.  Applicants may contact the office of the Nursing Department at 830-792-7481 if they require assistance.

The following is required as part of the application:

Unless currently enrolled at Schreiner University, you must submit a record of current acceptance. University application can be located at applyschreiner.force.com/application or contact the Admissions Office at 830-792-7217

  • ATI TEAS score (within the last year) minimum overall score of 75.
  • Two letters of recommendation (not family members)
  • Essay (500 words maximum) addressing why you want to be a nurse, what challenges you feel may interfere with your successful completion of the BSN program and if you feel you can overcome those challenges. List community service and your projected 5 year goals.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework completed. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite coursework, with a “B” or better for all math (Algebra and Statistics) and science (Nutrition, A&P, Microbiology, Chemistry) courses.
  • Relevant professional, academic achievements, awarded certifications or healthcare experience may be submitted; however it is not required.
  • Immunizations required include:
    • MMR series of two immunizations, positive titer
    • TDaP, must include Pertussis, within past 10 yr.
    • Hepatitis B series of 3 immunizations, or titer
    • Varicella series of 2 immunizations, positive titer, or DSHS History of Illness Form signed by parent or healthcare provider.
    • Meningitis vaccine in accordance with Texas Law for new students less than 30 years of age.
  • Recommended: Covid Immunization
  • Find more details in the BSN Handbook
Fall 2023 Admission

Application Deadline: March 31, 2023

Been Accepted? Here are your next steps…

Complete all next steps required for a junior or transfer
Sign and return the acceptance form to the Nursing Department Office
Sign up and complete the required Criminal Background Check and send approval documentation to the Nursing Department

NEW Schreiner Student Application

Be sure to select BSN “on campus” as your major

This application is only for students not
currently enrolled at Schreiner:

CURRENT Schreiner Student BSN Program Application

Current Schreiner Student BSN Program Application

This application is only for current Schreiner students:

Traditional BSN program at Schreiner University

Nursing is defined as an art and a science. Across the nation, nursing is recognized as two of the most difficult programs of Baccalaureate study. Courses in math and sciences provide a strong foundation for making nursing decisions necessary to secure or maintain optimal health for self and others. This program of study has many demands, but the rewards are well worth the effort and they last a lifetime. Schreiner University’s BSN program prepares students for this challenging and rewarding career.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact our admissions counselors at admissions@schreiner.edu.


ATI TEAS Entrance Exam $110.00
ATI TEAS-Prep Book and 2 Online Practice Exams $90.00 (Optional)
CastleBranch – Drug Test $45.00 & Medical Document Manager $35.00

  • Sub-total $245.00 ($335.00 with Test Prep)

Criminal Background Check (paid directly to BON) $45.00

  • Sub-Total $45.00

Immunizations as required (dependant on health insurance coverage and eligibility)
2 Uniforms with Patch
Pen Light
History and Physical Exam Pocket List
Laptop computer with internet, camera, & audio capabilities
BLS/CPR MUST BE American Heart Association (AHA)

Application Fee to BON (paid directly to BON) $200.00
Jurisprudence Testing Fee (paid directly to BON) $25.00
NCLEX Testing Fee (paid directly to testing site) $139.00

  • Sub-Total $364.00


Prior to scheduling your entrance examination, it is highly recommended that you go to a​t​i​t​e​s​t​i​n​g​.​c​o​m​ and order a prep package. Make sure that you order the study guide and practice examinations for the ATI TEAS Examination. Do not order a version that is located at Amazon, etc., as it is not the official study guide and does not cover the same content. We recommend beginning to prepare at least one month prior to sitting for your examination.

The TEAS exam is multiple choice and covers the following:

  • Reading – paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions
  • Math – whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion
  • Science – science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles, and general science
  • English and Language Usage – punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling

Sign up for your TEAS test through atitesting.com

Use this guide to help you Sign up for your TEAS test: TEAS Guide

You must arrive 15 minutes early to get signed on your computer, turn off your cell phone, place personal items in the front of the room and receive instructions. There is a limit of two attempts per admission cycle on the ATI TEAS Entrance Examination for admission to the SU BSN program.

ATI – TEAS Exam Dates for 2023

Moody Computer Lab, room 212

Wednesdays at 10:00 am:





Exam Date, Time and Location Subject to Change

National Student Nursing Association (NSNA) & Texas Nursing Student Association (TNSA)

The National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) was founded in 1952. It is a nonprofit organization for students who are enrolled in associate, baccalaureate, diploma, and generic graduate nursing programs. The NSNA is committed to nurturing the professional development of nursing students.

Membership in the Texas Nursing Student Association (TNSA):
Schreiner University will establish a chapter of the Texas Nursing Students Association following the 10th student who joins NSNA/TNSA.

As a member of TNSA and NSNA you are entitled to may benefits (TNSA, 2011):

  • Delegate representation in the annual House of Delegates at both the TNSA and NSNA convention.
  • Eligible to submit resolutions to the TNSA and NSNA House of Delegates.
  • Eligible for contests, awards, and scholarships at the local, state and national level.
  • Affiliated with the largest nursing student association in the United States and the largest state association.
  • Networking opportunities with students across the state and country along with nursing leaders and specialty nurses.
  • A year’s subscription to Imprint, the only magazine published by nursing students for nursing students.
  • Eligible to attend Council of Schools and State Convention.

Membership is open to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Schreiner University. Meetings are held twice per semester and one service project is completed each semester. For additional information, please contact Dr. Ruth Grubesic, Associate Professor/Nursing and Public Health, r​b​g​r​u​b​e​s​i​c​@​s​c​h​r​e​i​n​e​r​.​e​d​u​.

Sigma Alpha Alpha Chi at Large

The Alpha Alpah Chi at Large chapter’s official charter date by Sigma Theta Tau International October 23, 2021.
In March of 2019, Schreiner University (SU) nursing faculty along with the Advisory Board met to discuss the feasibility of an at-large nursing honor society with Peterson Regional Medical Center (PRMC). Dr. J. Papesca initiated a steering committee with assistance from Dr. W. Sparks and Dr. R. Grubesic. November 2020, representatives from both SU and PRMC agreed upon the mutual benefits of developing a Sigma Honor Society in rural Texas. Chapter officers were established and include Dr. Wanda Sparks-President, Dr. Loretta Moreno-VP, Dr. Ruth Grubesic-Secretary, Dr. Jamie Papesca-Treasurer, Dr. Lisa McDonald and Ms. Ambra Andrews-Counselors, Dr. Niessa Meier-Governance Committee, Ms. Nicole Wilkins-Leadership Succession Committee.

Mission: Alpha Alpha Chi at Large, provides leadership and research development for eligible nursing students and professionals. Its purpose is to:

  1. 1. Promote superior achievement
  2. Support the development of leadership qualities
  3. Foster high professional standards
  4. Encourage creative academic and collegiate work
  5. Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purpose of the nursing profession
    Vision: Developing nurse leaders to provide exceptional, compassionate and patient-centered care in the Texas Hill Country and surrounding regions.
    Strategic Plan Initiatives: Promote chapter affiliation with local nurses. Scholarships. CNE offerings. Research poster series.

Sigma Nursing Honor Society History

Sigma Theta T​a​u​ was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. Modern nursing was barely 20 years old when Mary Tolle, Edith Moore, Marie Hippensteel, Dorothy Garrigus, Elizabeth Russell and Elizabeth McWilliams met to found a society to advance the status of nursing as a profession.
The founders recognized the value of scholarship and the importance of excellence in practice. With the full idealism of women forging pathways of change in the 1920s, they wanted to build a framework to encourage future leaders to effectively improve health care.

Sigma International

  • A joint partnership between Peterson Regional Medical Center, Hill Country Memorial Hospital, and Schreiner University is underway to introduce a Sigma International Chapter to the Texas Hill Country.
  • A collaboration between students and practicing nurses will strengthen the healthcare community. Membership will be open to nurse leaders in practice settings.
  • From its inception, Sigma has recognized the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. In 1936, Sigma became the first US organization to fund nursing research. Today, Sigma supports these values through its numerous professional development products and services that focus on the core areas of education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research, and scholarship. These products and services advance the learning and professional development of members and all nurses who strive to improve the health of the world’s people.
  • Charter application is pending approval…Fall 2020

Nurse Leader Candidates must:

  • be legally recognized to practice nursing in their country.
  • have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field.
  • demonstrate achievement in nursing.

Get a strong start towards a career in nursing from the very beginning. With one-on-one advising and peer study groups, the Pre-Nursing Learning Community will set you up for nursing school success. This group will learn about careers within nursing (like pediatric nursing and trauma nursing), will learn life saving techniques like Stop the Bleed, and will discuss ethical issues that nurses confront. If you want to be a nurse, this group is for you! Learn more about the Pre-Nursing Learning Community.

U.S. Department of Education regulation 34 CFR 600.9 c, 668.41, 668.43, 668.50

New language impacting programs leading to professional licensure has been added to 34 CFR §668.43 to ensure that notifications are being made to students regardless of modality. These rules include requirements for both general and direct disclosures for enrolled and prospective students as to whether or not a program’s curriculum meets State educational requirements for licensure or certification. An institution will also be required to provide disclosures when a determination cannot be made. The U.S. Department of Education’s regulation 34 CFR 600.9(c), State Authorization, requires that a higher education institution offering distance education in a state where it is not physically located meet individual state requirements for offering distance or correspondence education within that state and requires that institutions provide certain disclosures relating to state distance authorization status, consumer complaint information, refund policies, and program licensure requirements, among others.


The RN program traditional face-to-face track is licensed in Texas. The online BSN track is a non-licensure program. It is a Bachelor Degree completion program. The program is accredited by SACS-COC and CCNE. Consequences of Moving States: Students are advised that Schreiner University Nursing Program maintains a state licensure status in Texas and relocation to another state may impact a student’s continued ability to remain enrolled in a program. In addition, for students enrolled in licensure-leading programs, relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to obtain professional licensure, certification or other credential in another state. Students are advised to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate. Schreiner University Nursing Program cannot guarantee that students who relocate will be able to remain in their program or meet the requirements of state licensure boards.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Schreiner University is a current member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. This is an agreement among member states that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA only applies to distance education not on ground or group activities (NCS 3(4) and only focuses on U.S. distance education that crosses state lines. The members of SARA are states not institutions or students. SARA does not replace state authorization and only accredited federally recognized institutions can operate under SARA. SARA pertains to approval of distance education courses and programs offered across state lines by institutions that already have degree authorization in at least one state. States have the option of becoming a member of SARA through their regional compact. There are four regional compacts, including: Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Institutions within in a SARA state with state authorization in own state can also offer distance education courses and/or programs to any other SARA state member.


Students are provided an online training and have been provided information about the Texas BON, AACN, and SACS-COC accrediting entity and how to file a complaint against the nursing program. Texas BON complaint can be emailed to complaints@bon.texas.gov, faxed to (512) 305-6870, or mailed to: Texas Board of Nursing, Enforcement, Suite 3-460, 333 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78701. Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) complaints can be sent to Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476. SACSCOC for complaints regarding a violation of accreditation policies, students may use the Complaint Procedures against SACS-COC or its Accredited Institutions Policy Statement to find information about how to make a complaint to the University’s accrediting body, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). The Policy Statement is available from the SACSCOC Website at http://www.sacscoc.org/. The student must send two copies of the Complaint against Institutions Information Sheet and Form, contained in the Policy Statement, to the President of the accrediting body at the following address: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097.

Adverse Action

The RN program at Schreiner University has met all requirements for licensure, CCNE, and SACS-COC. Currently, there are no adverse actions at this time. Should the RN program receive an adverse action, students will be notified via email and/or snail mail within 5 business days.


Students have been provided with the contact number and email for tuition refunds. The student should contact the Office of Financial Services at FinancialServices@schreiner.edu or 830-792-7229. In addition, information regarding student refunds can be found here – https://schreiner.edu/admissions/financial-services/policies-forms/

Licensure Requirements

The RN program at Schreiner University has met all requirements for Texas Licensure. All students who graduate from the Traditional BSN Program Track will meet requirements to take the NCLEX. The Board of Nursing does not have purview over the OBSN track.

CCNE Accreditation Seal

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Schreiner University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

Ruth Oliver, DNP, RN, NPD-BC
Director of Nursing
Nursing Education Programs

Maximilian Stecker
Maximilian Stecker
Administrative Specialist
Nursing Education Programs

Nursing Faculty

Traditional BSN Program

Lisa McDonald, DNP, APRN, CPNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Traditional BSN Program


Clinical practice includes: Pediatric nursing, hematology, oncology, clinical research, blood and marrow transplant, pediatric cancer survivorship care, vaccinations across the lifespan. Current nursing courses: Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Holistic Health, Nursing Research, Leadership and Management, Maternal Newborn, Transitions.


Dissertation title: Fasting Guidelines for Pediatric Cancer Patients in an Adult Cancer Hospital.
Doctoral Nursing Practice Project: Development of an evidence-based clinical guideline for age-appropriate screening, prevention, and management of bone abnormalities in children post-hematopoietic stem cell transplant.
Publication Books: Woods D, & McDonald L (2011). Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. In C. Baggot, D. Fochtman, G. Foley, & K. Patterson Kelly, Nursing care of children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders (pp. 1023-1037). Glenview: Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.
Co-authored publication titles: Anticipating the Role of Amifostine. (2000). APON Counts 14(3).
Advancing Knowledge and Practice in Adolescents Coping with Cancer. Seminars in Oncology Nursing 16(4): 335-336. Chemotherapy and Biotherapy: Guidelines and Recommendations for Practice (2001), Oncology Nursing Society, Pittsburgh, PA. Nursing Considerations for CLOLARTM (Clofarabine) in the Treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children (2006). Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 10(6): 809-815. Growth patterns and gastrointestinal symptoms in pediatric patients after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Oncology Nursing Forum, 2008 May;35(3):443-8.
Unrelated cord blood transplantation in children with idiopathic severe aplastic anemia. Bone Marrow Transplant, 2008 42(9):589-95.
Clonal cytogenetic abnormalities after tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy in PH+ all resolution after decitabine therapy. Pediatr Blood Cancer ( 2011). Development of an evidence-based clinical guideline for age-appropriate screening, prevention, and management of bone abnormalities in children post-hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing (2013).
Clinical practice implications of immunizations after pediatric bone marrow transplant: a literature review (2013). Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 30 (1):7-17.Comprehensive, Family-Centered Patient Education, A Long and Windy Road. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (2018).
Development of a Multidisciplinary Nutritional Support Team in a New Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (2018).


National Chapter Sigma Theta Tau and Counselor for the Schreiner University and Peterson Memorial Regional Medical Center at-large-chapter. Member, Schreiner University Assessment Committee. Chair Nursing Program Student Advisement Committee. ATI Liaison. Academic appointment, Baylor College of Medicine.


Associated Degree Nursing (1992), North Harris Montgomery Community College. BSN (1996), University of Texas Health Science Center Houston School of Nursing. MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (2003), University of Texas Health Science Center Houston School of Nursing. Doctor of Nursing Practice (2012), University of Alabama. Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care. Board Certified Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse.

Ruth B. Grubesic
Ruth B. Grubesic, DrPH, RN, PHCNS-BC
Professor of Nursing and Public Health
Life Science


Clinical background includes Med/Surg/Urology, Pediatrics, Home Health, and YMCA Summer Camp Nursing. Began teaching in 1991. Current nursing course: Population Health Nursing.


Research has focused on health promotion and community gardening, nutrition, and community/academic collaboration.


Officer, National Chapter Sigma Theta Tau. Member, Texas Nurses Association. Certified trainer for vision and hearing screening by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Managed a Community Vaccination Clinic, and currently manages nursing care at the San Antonio Refugee Health clinic.


Diploma in Nursing, Methodist Medical Center SON (1985). RN-BS, Bradley University, (1989). Master of Science in Community Health Nursing (1994). Doctorate, Public Health with a focus on International and Family Health (2001). Board Certified Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (1997).

Crystal Luketich
Crystal Luketich, DNP-c, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Online BSN Program


Healthcare background consists of critical care, wound care & hyperbaric and nurse manager.
Current courses: Foundations of Professional Nursing, Adult Medical Surgical, Simulation and Nursing Skills Lab.


Areas of research interest: patient satisfaction, pressure ulcer prevention, reduction in staff turnover.


Affiliations: American Nurses Association, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, Sigma Theta Tau,Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Leadership and Success. Schreiner University Nursing Advisory Committee. Lean Sigma Green Belt Certification. U.S. Navy Veteran, hospital corpsman.


Associate of Science in Nursing, Kapiolani Community college, Hawaii. BSN, Old Dominion University, Virginia. MSN with a focus in Leadership & Management, Capella University, Minnesota. MBA, Capella University, Minnesota. Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate.

Online RN – BSN Program

Joyce Contois
Joyce Contois, DNP, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Online BSN Program


Nursing background encompasses over 24 years of healthcare experience. Primary interest include: acute care, gerontology, medical surgical, growth and development and palliative care. Currently courses: Leadership, Management, Global Health, to BSN students.


DNP scholarly inquiry project was researching the effects of palliative care knowledge on initiation of referrals within an acute care setting.


Member, National League of Nursing. Member, Bristol Plymouth Practical Nurse Program Committee, Taunton, Massachusetts. Instructor, Stop the Bleed.


Associate Degree in Nursing, Bristol Community College (1996), completed an RN-to-BSN at the University of Massachusetts (1999), MSN from University of Phoenix – Online (2014), DNP in Nursing Education from Regis College – Online (2020).

Jessica Granger
Jessica Granger, Ph.D-c., MSN, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Online BSN Program


Clinical background consists of adult and pediatric emergency departments in Texas, which include: Memorial Hermann, Ben Taub Hospital, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, and First Choice Emergency Room. Current courses: Nursing Research, Capstone, Community Health and Politics and Healthcare.


Areas of research interest have been, trauma-informed care, vicarious traumatization, and the variables associated with Human Trafficking in the Emergency Department.


Certified Emergency Room Nurse, Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.


BSN from The University of Texas Medical Branch (2009). MSN in Nursing Education from The University of Texas at Arlington (2018). Ph.D. candidate, The University of Texas at Arlington (2021).

Patti Grota
Patti Grota, PhD, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty BSN Program
Online BSN Program


She has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students since 2012 instructing on-line, in the classroom, instructional labs, simulation, and clinical. Current courses include: Leadership, Management and Transitions to Nursing Practice.


Dr. Grota was honored with the APIC New Investigator of the Year Award in 2011 for her research in infection control isolation and associated adverse events. 2016, awarded the UTHSCSA Presidential Junior Scholar Research Award. Her research focus is in evidence-based practices to prevent infections and adverse effects of isolation. Clinical editor of the APIC TEXT (2014), an international reference text for infection prevention. Co-director, Texas Higher Education Grant for Nursing Simulation Developing a comprehensive robust integrated simulation program (2107-2019). Publication, Using international nursing association for clinical simulation and learning standards to evaluate the rigor of high-fidelity simulation learning experiences, Clinical Simulation in Nursing (2020).


Dr. Grota is a nationally recognized infection prevention expert and has been active in the Association for Infection Prevention and Control (APIC) locally and nationally for over twenty-five years.


BSN from Oklahoma Baptist University, MS clinical nurse specialist from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Internship at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Lisa Johnson, PhD., RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Online BSN Program


Healthcare background consists of over 20 years of experience in pediatric hematology/oncology and mental health. Dr. Johnson’s teaching philosophy revolves around collaboration and sharing of knowledge to give meaning or context to the material. Current courses: Pathophysiology, Informatics, Transitions to Professional Nursing.


Dr. Johnson has focused on addressing issues related to social determinants of health through service learning, connecting students with resources, and supporting and mentoring students on their journey to achieving their personal and educational goals. pediatric nurses’ experiences with caring for children who have been traumatized. Podium Presentation: Global Nursing Activities: Applying Social Determinants of Health and Fostering Civic Engagement, Nursing Leadership and Scholarship (2014), Exposure to Children’s Traumatic Events: Pediatric Nurses’ Experiences (2016), Balancing Needs: Pediatric Nurses’ Experiences with Exposure to the Traumatic Events of Children (2016), Ethical Issues in Service Learning (2017), Engaging, Supporting, and Retaining First Year Nursing Students (2017). Poster Presentations: Global Nursing Activities, Lessons Learned, Insights Gained (2014), Exposure to Children’s Traumatic Events, Pediatric Nurses’ Experiences (2015). Publications: Balancing Needs of Child, Parent, and Nurse, APHON Counts (2017). Contributor to Medical Terminology Made Incredibly Easy book (2018). Other areas of interest and research include service learning, global health, policy development, and fostering student success


Co-Chair, Healthcare Academic Pathway at Community College of Philadelphia. Secretary, Pennsylvania Association of Deans and Directors. Secretary, Nursing Children’s Network – chapter of Society of Pediatric Nurses. NLN CNEA site visitor. Member, Medical Reserve Corps. Academic coach. Faculty Advisor, Student Government Association, Community College of Philadelphia. Member, American Nurses Association. Member Sigma Theta Tau. Member, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.


Bachelor’s degree in anthropology/sociology. MSN with a focus in community health and education. Ph.D. in nursing. Certified Pediatric Nurse.

Lydia T. Madsen
Lydia T. Madsen, Ph.D., RN, AOCNS, FNAP
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Online BSN Program


Expanded clinical and teaching background. Over 22 years’ experience in clinical research. Transplant Coordinator UTHSC Houston. APRN, Department of Genitourinary Medicine. Dr. Madsen’s areas of academic interest include evidence-based practice nursing-clinical, post-graduate oncology for advanced practice nurses and Holistic Health Assessment.


Co-authored publication titles: Local tumor control with salvage cryotherapy for locally recurrent prostate cancer after external beam radiotherapy (2001). Salvage Cryotherapy for recurrent prostate cancer after radiotherapy: variables affecting patient outcome (2002). Closed-suction or penrose drainage after partial nephrectomy: does it matter? (2004). Young age is an independent prognostic factor for survival in sporadic renal cell carcinoma (2004). A renal mass in the setting of a nonrenal malignancy: When is a renal tumor biopsy appropriate? (2004). Increased incidence of benign histology in elderly patients with renal masses (2005). Assessing and Addressing Erectile Function Concerns in Patients Postprostatectomy (2006). Laparoscopic cytoreductive nephrectomy: the MD Anderson Cancer Center experience (2006). Randomized Phase II Trial Evaluation of Erectile Function after Attempted Unilateral Cavernous Nerve-Sparing Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy with versus without Unilateral Sural Nerve Grafting for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer (2009). A Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic for Newly Diagnosed Patients: Developing the Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (2009). Are there differences in zonal distribution and tumor volume of prostate cancer in patients with a positive family history? (2010). Radical Prostatectomy and moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms in organ-confined prostate cancer (2011). Tools &Technology: Update on doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and available programs (2011). Dietary resource information for the oncology patient: tips and tools (2012). An integrative review of nursing research on active surveillance in a senior prostate cancer patient population (2013). Screening for intimate partner violence in the oncology population (2013). Impact of a Clinical Trial Initiative on Clinical Trial Enrollment in a Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic (2014). Cancer prediction nomograms for the oncology advanced practice provider (2014). The Toxicity and Benefit of Various Dosing Strategies for Interleukin-2 in Metastatic Melanoma and Renal Cell Carcinoma (2015). Hormone Replacement Therapy: An Increased Risk of Recurrence and Mortality for Breast Cancer Patients? (2015). The Effectiveness of Granulocyte Transfusions in Neutropenic Oncology Patients: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature (2016). Clinical management of bowel dysfunction after low anterior resection for rectal cancer: A comprehensive review (2016). Interventions to manage uncertainty and the fear of cancer recurrence in female breast cancer survivors: a review of the literature (2016). Vaginal testosterone for management of aromatase inhibitor related sexual dysfunction: an integrative review (2017). Establishing an Individual Writing Practice (2017). Instruments that Predict Oncology Treatment Risk in the Senior Population (2017). Starting an Advanced Practice Provider Professional Writing Group (2017). Human Papillomavirus in males (2018). Determining Clinically Based Factors Associated with Reclassification in the Pre-MRI Era using a Large Prospective Active Surveillance Cohort (2020). Co-Author book chapters: Manual of Clinical Trials Nursing; Chapter 6: Statistical Considerations for Protocol Development Manual for Clinical Trials Nursing, ONS publication 2nd Edition (2008). Manual of Clinical Trials Nursing; Chapter 15: Protocol Development & Response Assessment, ONS publication 3rd Edition (2015). Current research interests are the treatment related development of osteoporosis oncology population, ageism in the Nursing professions and the future of telemedicine for seniors as it pertains to complex oncology care within smaller communities.


Member, Oncology Nursing Society. Member, Sigma Theta Tau International – Honor Society of Nursing. Member, Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology. Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Beta Chapter. Fellow, National Academies of Practice. Journal of Advanced practitioner in Oncology, Associate Editor.


BSN from The University of Texas in Austin (1977), MSN Clinical Research Management from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (2005), Clinical Nurse Specialist Oncology from The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston (2005), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licensure in Texas (2006), Ph.D. in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University Houston (2014).

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