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.
Aspen University’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology and Addiction Studies are approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). The NAADAC approved education providers offer training and education for those who are seeking to become certified and those who want to maintain their certification. All educational training programs are reviewed for content applicability to state and national certification standards.
- Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Studies
Dean: Nina Beaman, Ed.D., MSN, CNE, RN-BC (PMH), RNC-AWHC, CMA (AAMA)
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.
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 Association, 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.
Assistant Dean: Marc Gayol, Ed.D., MSN, MPH, RN, CNE, CPH
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Dr. Marc Gayol is a double board-certified registered nurse – Nurse Education & Public Health. 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, his Master’s in Public Health, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Dr. Gayol has been in the healthcare industry for more than 25 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.
He has a particular interest in assisting and supporting immigrants and other vulnerable populations who are often unable to access healthcare and educational services. Dr. Gayol is politically active with the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) in state and national movements in support of universal healthcare and policy reform to increase access to comprehensive, culturally-sensitive healthcare services.
Program Director, Graduate Nursing Programs: Randall Mangrum, DNP RN
Dr. Randall Mangrum has experience both as an educator and graduate of online nursing programs. He earned his DNP from American Sentinel University, his MSN from Aspen University, a BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an AAS from Patrick Henry Community College. Dr. Mangrum began his career 35 years ago as a Licensed Practical Nurse, graduating from Danville Community College.
Dr. Mangrum has had a rich and rewarding career with experiences in acute care, long term care, community health, and academic settings. He has regulatory and compliance experience which has allowed him to serve as a subject matter expert for Medicare/Medicaid home health agencies and an educational site visitor for a state board of nursing and an accreditation organization. He has experiences teaching nursing on ground at the prelicensure level and online at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Mangrum is a member of the National League for Nursing, the Virginia League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau.
Program Director, BSN Pre-Licensure (Florida): Zachary Nethers, DNP, MBA, MSN, RN
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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.
Program Director, BSN Pre-Licensure (Arizona): Jennifer Overturf, DNP, RN
Jennifer Overturf has worked in academic and clinical education for over twenty years in faculty, leadership, and clinical educator roles. She has experience in teaching in face-to-face and online courses, as well as clinical skills lab and simulation modalities. Other roles have included leadership, consulting, curriculum revision, and faculty development.
Dr. Overturf’s clinical background is in cardiovascular intensive care. Jennifer has earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice with Emphasis in Educational Leadership degree and has earned certifications in nursing education and critical care nursing. Jennifer is a member of the Arizona Board of Nursing’s Education Committee. Other professional memberships include the American Nurses’ Association, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau.
Dr. Overturf has a passion for Transition to Nursing Practice and has worked extensively with Nurse Externs and Nurse Residents as well as pre-licensure nursing students. She actively utilizes an “accountability with kindness” approach and uses active listening, empathy, and learner-specific guidance to promote a successful transition to the professional nursing role.
Program Director, BSN Pre-Licensure (Arizona): Phyllis James, MSN, RN, CNE
Phyllis James is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) with over twenty years of experience in nursing education in associate, baccalaureate, and hospital settings. She has expertise in teaching face-to-face, online, and in hybrid modalities. She began her nursing career as an LPN, obtained her associate degree from Holyoke Community College, BSN from Regent’s College, MSN from the University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing her DNP. Phyllis believes practice and progression through multiple levels of nursing, offers an invaluable understanding of the scope of nursing practice across the spectrum of healthcare provision.
Ms. James’ clinical areas of expertise include Emergency and Critical Care Nursing. She has been certified in Emergency Nursing (CEN) and Critical Care (CCRN) and earned the designation of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Adult Critical Care Nursing. Phyllis also served as a Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) in her private practice consulting business, functioning as both a consultant and an expert witness.
Nursing organization memberships include the National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association, Arizona Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Emergency Nurses Association. Research areas of interest include health care access inequity and how nurses can close the care gaps.
Program Director, BSN Pre-Licensure (Texas): Rhonda Winegar, PhD, 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, RN to BSN: 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, Health Sciences: 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.