School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers Registered Nurses the opportunity to earn their online bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree in nursing. Since most of our students are working full-time while earning their degree, our programs offer flexible scheduling and a premier online classroom.


Dean: Nina Beaman, Ed.D.

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world"

Mahatma Gandhi

Dr. Nina Beaman is certified in four different distinct areas. She is a National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator, holds a certificate as a ANCC Psychiatric Mental Health nurse, is a NCC certified Ambulatory Women's Health Nurse, and is an AAMA Certified Medical Assistant. She earned her Doctorate in Education from Walden University, a Master in Nursing on the nursing administration track from Aspen University, a Master in Health Psychology from Capella University, a Bachelor of Arts from Randolph Macon College, and an Associate Degree in Nursing from John Tyler Community College. She also has an Associate Degree in Business from Luther Rice College, and a Diplome D'Etudes Francaises from the University of Nice in Nice, France. Dr. Beaman has been in academia as well as a practicing nurse in a variety of venues for over 20 years. She has served in leadership positions with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Association of Medical Assistants, Virginia League for Nursing, Virginia Nurses Association, Legislative Coalition of Virginia Nurses, Virginia Section of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, and Virginia Society of Medical Assistants. She also actively serves as a Medical Reserve Corps and Red Cross Disaster volunteer. She is an American Nurses Credentialing Center Content Expert on National Disaster Nursing. Dr. Beaman is a frequent conference presenter and author of numerous books and monographs.

Assistant Dean of Nursing: Marc Gayol, Ed.D.

"It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams"

Gabriel García Márquez

Dr. Marc Gayol is a board-certified Public Health Nurse. He is an active member with the American Nurses Association (ANA), National League for Nursing (NLN), National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN). He earned his Doctorate in Education Leadership, his Master of Science in Nursing, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Dr. Gayol has been working in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years, as a practicing nurse, mentor, entrepreneur, and administrator as well as serving in senior leadership roles both in private and public sectors within areas of public health, informatics, and higher education and has a strong background in licensure, accreditation and regulatory compliance. He has expertise in educational program leadership and oversight that is student-focused and uses data to drive decisions and positive instructional methods to support student learning with the focus of moving students towards achievement of the program goals and graduation.

Dr. Gayol is politically active in state and national movements in support of universal healthcare and policy reform to increase access to comprehensive, culturally appropriate healthcare services. He has a special interest in assisting and supporting immigrants and other vulnerable populations who are often unable to access healthcare and educational services – believing that a more educated society is a healthier society.

BSN Program Director, Jenny Erkfitz

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship"

Louisa May Alcott

Jenny Erkfitz has a background in adult critical care, where she practiced as a CCRN. Nursing, however is her second career, as is the experience of so many other nurses. Jenny came to nursing via banking and earned a BA in Healthcare Management from an online university. She then pursued her BSN at Indiana University through the second degree BSN program. This is where she was introduced to high fidelity simulations. She then completed the MSN-Nursing Education program at Aspen University where she was able to explore bringing simulations to online nursing education as a standard.

Jenny lives with her family in the country, where they enjoy spending time outside. She invites anyone who has questions about online education to contact her, and she will share firsthand why this is such a great option for busy nurses looking to further their education.

Director of Graduate Nursing: Zachary Nethers, DNP

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

Vincent Van Gogh

Dr. Zachary Nethers earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Chatham University; Master of Business Administration degree from Keller; Master of Science in Nursing/Executive Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain; and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Central Ohio Technical College.  Dr. Nethers has a background and prior certification in emergency medical services and served in various staff and leadership roles from the ED to acute care and quality and patient safety.  He served in the U.S. Army as Captain and Army Nurse.  In academia, Dr. Nethers has experience in pre-licensure and post-licensure programs from associate degree through doctoral degree levels with experience directing, leading, and facilitating on-ground, online, and hybrid degree programs.

Dr. Nethers is very collaborative and offers active listening and consideration of all input, feedback, and ideas to improve courses and the programs here at Aspen.  His individual approach includes holistic collaborative interventions to foster a supportive environment, equipping leaders, faculty, and students to effectively manage their many juggling roles efficiently and effectively.  Dr. Nethers invites anyone needing motivation or other needs to reach out so that he may provide further guidance.