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Fran Cornelius

Fran Cornelius


Assistant Dean for Teaching, Learning and Engagement; Co-Chair, Doctor of Health Science Program; Coordinator of Clinical Nursing Informatics Education; Clinical Professor

Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role MSN Department

267.359.5694 P
1601 Cherry Street, Room 9016

Fran Cornelius, PhD is a board-certified nurse educator and has taught at the College and University level since 1990. She has an extensive clinical background in Medical Surgical, Psychiatric, Oncology and Community Health Nursing. In addition, Cornelius has substantial experience in the development and delivery of online, hybrid and traditional course content. For the past 17 years, she has developed and taught courses online in the CNHP's distance learning program and has served as the faculty mentor in the design, development and delivery of online course material and integration of learning technologies into the classroom. Cornelius is a Master Quality Matters™ peer reviewer and a Drexel University Online Learning Council Fellow and is working collaboratively with thought leaders to drive the quality assurance process to directly impact the quality of online courses and programs.


Her area of research involves online teaching and learning, student learning, development of clinical decision-making skills and clinical competency utilizing handheld mobile devices.

Research Interests:

Cornelius' area of research involves student learning, development of clinical decision making skills and clinical competency utilizing mobile devices to access information for decision support at the point-of-care/point-of-need. Other research interests include: faculty development in integration and application of instructional technology for classroom innovations; virtual learning environments for distance learning and web-enhanced courses; information seeking behaviors among students and professionals in health care.

Academic Distinctions:

In 2010, Cornelius was the recipient of the Outstanding Educator in Online Learning Award from Drexel University Online. She is currently a Master Reviewer for Quality Matters, a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.

She is an NLN Certified Nurse Informaticist and a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Fellow. Cornelius is the co-Editor of PDA Connections: Mobile Technology for Health Care Professionals (2007: LLW), an innovative textbook designed to teach healthcare professionals how to use mobile devices for 'point-of-care' access of information. She is the co-Editor and Author of Ethical Health Informatics: Challenges and Opportunities (2016: JB). She is also co-author of an innovative series of six NCLEX Review books, published by Springer, designed to support development of critical thinking among nursing students utilizing unfolding case studies infused with mobile decision support resources to replicate realistic clinical experiences.