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Brenda Douglass, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDE, CTTS

Brenda Douglass


DNP Program Director, Associate Clinical Professor

Advanced Practice Nursing
Graduate Nursing
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department
Nurse Practitioner MSN Department

267.359.5624 P
1601 Cherry Street, Room 916. Office hours by appointment only.

Brenda L. Douglass, DNP is the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program director and holds a dual role as full-time associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) where she teaches across the graduate nursing programs in the DNP and nurse practitioner curriculums. She is an advance practice nurse, board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) with years of nursing experience. Previously she held a dual leadership role as the coordinator of clinical faculty at Drexel across all nurse practitioner tracks in conjunction with the scholarship of teaching.

In addition to teaching, Douglass brings forth a wealth of clinical experience in her role as FNP caring for individuals with acute and chronic conditions. As a clinician, she practices in a primary care setting in southern New Jersey. She has also practiced clinically in various specialty areas of endocrine, cardiology, pulmonology, sleep disorders and chronic health conditions. Her extensive nursing experience in emergency nursing and trauma care adds to her knowledge in caring for individuals across the lifespan and educating upcoming nursing professionals. Douglass is a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and a certified tobacco treatment specialist (CTTS).

Douglass received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University (2011) with a specialization in tobacco use disorders and combination pharmacotherapy. In 2006, she earned a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Thomas Jefferson University where her graduate project focused on diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Immaculata University earning a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree.

She is published and a national speaker. With a clinical practice-doctorate in nursing, clinical expertise and as a seasoned faculty member, Douglass is uniquely prepared to improve health outcomes by teaching and delivering high quality, evidence-based care; educate doctorate-prepared nursing professionals to lead and advance the future of health care; and to prepare advance practice nurses for healthcare delivery.


Douglass has a passion for nursing education, preceptorship, and mentorship of nursing students at all levels. She is highly enthusiastic about preparing DNP and nurse practitioner graduates as nursing leaders. Facilitating student learner transition for DNP roles, nurse practitioner roles, and preparation for achievement of national board certification are areas where she is highly committed to. She possesses a strong interest in health promotion, chronic disease prevention and management. Nicotine use disorders, markers of high nicotine dependence, and treatment modalities including combination pharmacotherapy are areas she is passionate about and has presented on nationally. Diabetes Mellitus is another area of interest and integral to her clinical practice.

Research Interests:

Nursing education (particularly DNP), transformational leadership, mentorship (clinical and academia roles), chronic conditions, diabetes mellitus, nicotine use disorders and osteoporosis.

Academic Distinctions:

In 2018, Douglass was a recipient of the CNHP Teaching Excellence (Online) Award and scholar awardee to the Sigma Theta Tau Institute, Emerging Educational Administrator Institute (STTI-EEAI). Douglass was a two-year recipient of the Pennsylvania Independence Blue Cross Nurse Scholars Program. In both undergraduate and graduate programs, graduating with high honors is among her academic merits.

Professional Society:

Douglass is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and the South Jersey Advance Practice Nurse Council. She holds memberships in Sigma Theta Tau, Chi Zeta (Chatham University) and Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Rho (Thomas Jefferson University).