Assistant Practice Professor- Nursing Practice Leadership
Vice Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences
Program Director AGACNP Program

Dr. Patricia Pawlow worked for many years as a nurse and nurse practitioner caring for seriously ill patients before becoming a full-time nurse educator. Her clinical specialties include cardiothoracic surgery and lung transplantation. As a nurse educator for over 20 years, she has taught and mentored many undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. She is passionate about educating nurses who are informed with the latest evidence, are “practice ready”, and provide patient centered care that prioritizes the patient’s and family’s values and goals.

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program prepares students to assess patients, create a list of pertinent diagnoses and appropriate diagnostic work-up, and propose an evidenced based management plan. Students experience rigorous training that includes teamwork and immersive application of information in simulation and clinical scenarios.

“At the advanced practice level, educational strategies need to focus less on student’s memorizing and more on processes that support understanding and application.”


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2020
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • BSN, Georgetown University , 1989