Caroline L. Doherty, DNP, AGACNP-BC, FACC

Advanced Senior Lecturer A

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Streamlined Post-Masters is an innovate way to educate primary care nurse practitioners who have been working with the acutely ill so that they can become certified in acute care.

We give acute care nurse practitioner students an extraordinary education and push them to achieve the most that they can.


  • DNP, University of Pennsylvania, 2021
  • MSN-ACNP, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • BSN, Villanova University, 1988


Ms. Doherty was part of a team of faculty who developed the Streamlined Post-Master’s Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, introduced in 2012. The online and asynchronous program streamlines the preparation of primary care-certified nurse practitioners who have been working in acute care to be eligible for acute care certification. Ms. Doherty is course director for the first didactic course of the program, which consists of three courses.

Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing

Inter-professional opportunities are also available to acute care nurse practitioner students through Penn Nursing’s simulation learning labs. Ms. Doherty worked with a team to develop inter-professional simulations as part of various courses. These simulations bring together nurse practitioner, pharmacist, and physician assistant students who evaluate simulated (robotic) patients with acute care problems. The team collaborates in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of each patient who presents with acute symptoms, and develops a plan of care.

Selected Career Highlights

Other Selected Career Highlights

  • Content expert, national certification exam, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Co-chair, Palliative Care Working Group, American College of Cardiology
  • Abstract reviewer, American College of Cardiology Annual Sessions

Accepting Mentees?

  • Yes

Accepting Fellows?

  • No

Selected Publications

  • Griffith, P., Doherty, C., Smeltzer, C. & Mariani, B. (2020). Education initiatives in cognitive debiasing to improve diagnostic accuracy in student providers: A scoping review. JAANP.1-10.

  • Pawlow, P., Doherty, C., Blumenthal, N., Matura, L., Christie, J., & Ersek, M. (2020). An integrative review of the role of palliative care in lung transplantation. Progress in Transplantation.1-8.

  • Todd B, Brom H, Blunt E, Dillon P, Doherty C, Drayton-Brook S, et al. Precepting nurse practitioner students in the graduate nurse education demonstration: A cross-sectional analysis of the preceptor experience. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 2019;31(11):648-656.

  • Doherty, C., Fogg, L., Bigley, M., Todd, B. & O’Sullivan, A. (2019). Nurse practitioner student clinical placement processes: A national survey of nurse practitioner programs. Nursing Outlook. 1-9.

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