School of Nursing & Health Sciences
Aspen’s online nursing programs offers Registered Nurses the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral 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.
Aspen’s Pre-licensure bachelor’s program provides students with opportunities to become a BSN-educated nurse and learn the essential skills needed to practice as a professional Registered Nurse in a hybrid format. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Aspen University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacnnursing.org/
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-Licensure)
- RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program)
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Forensic Nursing
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Informatics
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Administration and Management
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Education
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Public Health
- Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
- Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) with a specialization in Forensic Nursing
- Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) with a specialization in Informatics
- Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) with a specialization in Administration and Management
- Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Education
- Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) with a specialization in Public Health
The School of Nursing & Health Sciences offers online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Addiction Studies as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration.
- Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Studies
Chief Nursing Administrator: Dr. Nina Beaman
Dr. Nina Beaman is certified in four different distinct areas. She is a National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Education, holds a certificate as an AANC Psychiatric Mental Health nurse, is a NCC certified Ambulatory Women’s Health Nurse, and is an AAMA Certified Medical Assistant.
Dr. Beaman grew up in Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, the Philippines, and Malta. Beaman 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 Associate, International Association of Forensic Nurses, 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 volunteer. Dr. Beaman is a frequent conference presenter and author of numerous books and monographs.
Dean (Distance Education): Marc Gayol, Ed.D., MSN, MPH, RN, CNE, CPH
Gabriel García Márquez
Dr. Marc Gayol is a double board-certified registered nurse – in both Nursing Education & Public Health. He is an active member with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), the American Nurses Association (ANA), The American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN), the National League for Nursing (NLN), the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN) and the Alpha Beta Alpha chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. He earned his Doctorate in Education Leadership, his Master of Science in Nursing, his Master degree in Public Health, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Dr. Gayol started his career in the U.S. Army as a medic and has continued working in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years, serving 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 education, public health, informatics, and healthcare administration & management.
Dr. Gayol has a particular interest in assisting and supporting immigrants and other vulnerable populations who are often unable to access healthcare and educational services. He is active on the Board of Directors with the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) and is politically involved in state and national movements in support of universal healthcare and policy reform to increase access to comprehensive, culturally-sensitive education and healthcare services.
Dean (BSN Pre-licensure): Jenny Erkfitz, EdD, MSN, RN
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.
Program Director, DNP: Tracy Lookingbill, DNP, MSN, RN
Dr. Tracy Lookingbill has practiced within the nursing profession for the past 20 years as a registered nurse. She has experience in graduate and undergraduate degree programs within online platforms as well as on-ground programs. Dr. Lookingbill has earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Aspen University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Leadership and Management, and a Bachelor’s of Nursing degree from Western Governors University. Since 2010, Dr. Lookingbill has supported online higher education programs as faculty and program leadership roles.
Dr. Lookingbill believes education creates knowledge empowerment helping to advance individual professional goals. Additionally, she supports a basis for life-long learning and professional engagement. She began her nursing career as an LPN and supported various specialties within nursing. Dr. Lookingbill’s previous experience includes emergency nursing, labor and delivery, and healthcare administration leadership. Much of her career has focused on aspects of community and public health, advocating for vulnerable populations and at-risk communities. She has a passion for the ongoing advancement of healthcare policy and innovation. Dr. Lookingbill is a member of the National League of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau.
Program Director, MSN: Sarah Gabua, DNP, RN, CNE
Dr. Sarah Gabua has been in the education field since 2011 and the consulting field since 2012 working with various clients in Nursing and Allied Health. She has experience in program and curriculum development as well as regulatory and grant development. She is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), has a certificate in distance education, and was a former Peer Reviewer with Quality Matters.
Dr. Gabua earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Walden University and has held various educational positions in all levels of nursing. She earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing in Leadership and Management, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Nursing Education from Walden University.
Dr. Gabua also has experience in nursing and allied health program and course development as well as continuing adult education. Dr. Gabua has many years of bedside nursing experience with a concentration in cardiology. She is a member of professional nursing organizations that include ANA/FNA, NLN, and the ANIA. She is a past executive board member of ANA Illinois as the Treasurer and Secretary, Chair for the Legislative Committee, and board member for the Illinois Nurses Association. She is also a past recipient of the ANA-Illinois 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader award. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Program Director, RN to BSN: Shakeeka Misher, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC, MNN
Dr. Shakeeka Misher’s clinical background is in labor and delivery and women’s health and has been in academia since 2013 with experience in pre-licensure, RN-BSN completion, MSN, and doctoral level nursing programs. She focuses on mentorship by leading faculty, supporting student success, relevant curriculum development. She is board certified as a Nurse Executive (NE-BC) and in Maternal Newborn Nursing (MNN). Dr. Misher obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Leadership, her Master of Science in Nursing Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Dr. Misher is a member of professional organizations that include the American Nurse Association, National League for Nursing, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses, DNPs of Color, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American College of Nurse Midwives. Dr. Misher believes in lifelong learning and leading by example with passion, increasing equity in healthcare access and resources, and collaboration across disciplines.
Program Director, BSN Pre-Licensure (Texas): Rhonda Winegar, Ph.D., DNP, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN, CPN
Dr. Rhonda Winegar is a registered nurse, certified pediatric nurse, certified critical care nurse, and certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is an active member of the American Nurses Association and has served as a membership assembly representative as well as a board member of the Texas Nurses Association.
She earned her PhD in nursing and her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Post-Masters Teaching Certificate from Saint Louis University, a Master in Nursing Degree from Texas A&M, a Bachelor in Nursing Degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Redlands Community College in Oklahoma.
Dr. Winegar has been a registered nurse for 30 years and has worked in many of nursing to include academia, critical care, and was a flight nurse in the military (Captain). She has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner for 20 years primarily practicing in neurology, pediatrics, and as a hospitalist. She has authored several publications focusing on patient care in many areas to include, care of patients with hemiplegia, bedbugs, and breastfeeding in the workplace.
Program Director, BSN Pre-Licensure (Tennessee): Elizabeth Cooper, DNP, RN, CNE
Dr. Elizabeth Cooper earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University, Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in Health Systems Management, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Cooper has successfully completed the requirements necessary to attain the designation of Certified Nurse Educator from the National League of Nursing. Dr. Cooper’s clinical practice includes staff nurse in the intensive care unit, staff nurse in the medical/surgical unit, charge nurse, preceptor, assistant nurse manager, case management, and flight nurse (TN Air National Guard).
Dr. Cooper has been in nursing education for the last 9 years and has taught a variety of nursing courses in ASN, BSN, and MSN programs. Besides teaching nursing, she has previous experience as Program Director and Dean. She also currently serves in the Tennessee Air National Guard. She holds membership in the American Nurses Association, Tennessee Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, and the Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Dr. Cooper has a true passion for nursing education. She believes nursing education is an opportunity to inspire and empower future nurses. Her desire is to inspire and empower students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers
Program Director, Health Sciences: Anne-Marie Coleman, Ph.D., MPH
Winston S. Churchill
Dr. Anne-Marie Coleman is a health researcher and practitioner with over 15 years of experience. She is an active member of the Society for Public Health Education and serves on the leadership team for the Georgia Society for Public Health Education. She earned her Doctorate in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and Health Education, her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Administration Policy, her Bachelor of Science in Health Science Education.
She has contributed to the field of health science as a management analyst managing federal grants, health policy analyst mobilizing community transformation health initiatives, health program administrator leading teams towards success in program implementation and evaluation, Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) site visitor ensuring quality assessment and improvement, professor, and instructional designer for both undergraduate and graduate health care programs.
Dr. Coleman is passionate about investing in the next generation of health science professionals and training students on how to positively implement policy, systems, and environmental changes. She is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a certified trainer in Health in All Policies (HiAP) with the World Health Organization and is actively engaged in state health initiatives for substance abuse and addiction support, chronic disease prevention and maternal and child health efforts in Georgia.
Program Director, BSN Pre-licensure (Florida): Barbara Fisher, Ph.D, MSN, RN
Barbara Fisher has practiced within the nursing profession for over 30 years as a registered nurse. She has worked in nursing academia at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as both adjunct and full-time faculty. Over the past 15 years she has served in many administrative & leadership capacities at the BSN level for both the private and public sectors.
Dr. Fisher earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Boston University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the State University of New York: Plattsburgh. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Dr. Fisher is passionate about serving nursing education that will produce nurses of excellence to practice care of the highest quality and advance to more pivotal roles for the advancement of quality and equity of healthcare on a local, national, and global level.