American Sentinel is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Three New Nursing Deans!

American Sentinel is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Three New Nursing Deans!

University Appoints New Faculty Members to Online Health Sciences and Nursing Programs

Judy Burckhardt

We are excited to introduce to you Judy Burckhardt, PhD., RN, who has joined our faculty as dean of health sciences and nursing!

In her new role, Dr. Burckhardt will provide leadership for our faculty and staff, as we work to expand and improve our nursing degree and certificate programs. She comes to us from Kaplan Higher Education Campuses, where she also served as dean of nursing.

Dr. Burckhardt is a proven thought leader who has shared her knowledge and expertise with other nurses through numerous articles that appeared in trade journals. She has collaborated with several health care organizations to develop curriculums that ensure today’s nursing graduates meet the needs of a rapidly evolving health care industry. And as further evidence of her ongoing commitment to nursing education and excellence, she co-authored a top-selling book that outlines strategies nurses can use to prepare for the NCLEX-RN® exam.

Welcome aboard, Dr. Burckhardt!

Other noteworthy additions to the faculty
We’re also pleased to announce the addition of two associate deans to our expanding faculty. Dr. Gloria Ohmart and Dr. Cheryl Wagner will fill the positions of associate dean of undergraduate nursing programs and associate dean of graduate nursing programs, respectively.

Gloria Ohmart, Ed.D., MN, APRN will assist in planning, organizing, supervising and ensuring the success of our RN-to-BSN program. We see her leadership as essential here, as so many wonderful, experienced nurses return to school to advance their careers and nursing knowledge.

Dr. Ohmart has held a number of professional clinical and teaching positions throughout her career. She’s an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and holds national board certification as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She has taught at Regis University, College America, and The University of Phoenix. Additionally, Dr.  Ohmart previously served as the dean of academic affairs at Chamberlain College of Nursing and was the founding nursing dean at College America, where she developed and launched the college’s first ADN program.



Cheryl Wagner, Ph.D., MSN/MBA, RN will assist in planning, organizing, supervising and ensuring the success of the graduate nursing programs. She has held a number of professional clinical positions and is a proven thought leader, having written 15 professional articles and book chapters in academic journals such as Journal of Advanced Nursing and Journal of Nursing Administration. Additionally, she has presented nearly 70 papers at various professional associations and is one of the new editors of the 2013 edition of the Nursing Interventions Classification, Sixth Edition.

Dr. Wagner previously served as program director and associate professor at the College of Nursing at South University and previously taught and/or managed nursing programs at Walden University, Chamberlain University, Regis University, University of Phoenix, and Kaplan University.

A word from the provost’s office
“We are honored to welcome three talented nurses to the American Sentinel nursing faculty,” says Catherine Earl, post-doctorate, DPA, MSN, RN, associate provost at American Sentinel University. “Each brings their own unique talents, skills, experiences and educational leadership to the American Sentinel nursing discipline that will be of great value to the school as we continue to evolve our health sciences and nursing degree programs to meet the rapidly changing needs of our students and the health care industry.”

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