Lubbock Christian University

Department of Nursing

Nursing Programs

Department of Nursing

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The Department of Nursing offers both an RN/BSN and two MSN degrees - Education/Leadership and Family Nurse Practitioner. The programs are taught by a highly qualified faculty and offered in a hybrid format, a combination of traditional and online classes. The faculty is dedicated to excellence in nursing, nursing education and the improvement of health care through individual, family and community care.

All programs are designed to accommodate the schedules of employed nurses. The small, friendly campus atmosphere provides for a caring and accessible faculty and staff in a Christian learning environment.

Impressive Outcomes

  • Nursing Alumni in Leadership roles (VP’s, Directors, Managers, Assistant Directors, Assistant Managers and Educators) at UMC and Covenant Health
    • 43% of UMC leadership graduated from LCU's nursing program
    • 55% of those at Covenant Health are products of LCU
  • Trained as Experts in the Field
    • 53% of faculty at South Plains College are LCU Alumni
    • 46% of Covenant School of Nursing faculty are alumni of the LCU nursing program
    • 16% of faculty at Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Nursing are LCU Nursing graduates


In 1991, the RN-BSN program admitted its first students to the program designed for the working registered nurse to complete a bachelor's degree in one year. Since that time, many nurses have completed the BSN degree at LCU. These nurses fulfill a variety of nursing roles providing compassionate care to the patients of the West Texas area and beyond.

The MSN program admitted its inaugural class in 2005.  A 35 hour blended leadership/education program was designed to prepare professional registered nurses for an advanced level of service and certifications in positions of education and leadership across health settings in the 21st century.

In 2011, a new chapter of nursing education began with the creation of the partnership with Covenant School of Nursing. This partnership benefits the Covenant student towards accomplishment of the BSN degree with an almost seamless transition to LCU. The strength of this partnership is the ability of the Covenant graduate to easily complete the BSN requirements as they work full time in only 2-3 semesters. The outcome is a highly marketable nurse with strong clinical experience and the advanced nursing education in theory, community health and leadership/management.

A Family Nurse Practitioner track within the Master of Science nursing program was introduced in Summer 2014.The FNP program was accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) in 2014. The first graduating class was in May 2016.

The RN-BSN, MSN, and FNP programs are accredited by: ACEN

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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In keeping with the Mission of Lubbock Christian University, the faculty of the Department of Nursing is dedicated to providing a quality education within the spiritual dimension of life and to impart a system of values for living, caring and for service to others, including those needing health care. The faculty is dedicated to preparing graduates for the professional practice in nursing in a variety of health care settings within a culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse environment and to providing a foundation for graduate studies and lifelong learning in nursing.

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A Message From the Department of Nursing Faculty

We are honored that you have chosen the Nursing Program at Lubbock Christian University for the completion of your bachelor's and/or master's degree. The programs are designed to raise your awareness of a variety of issues as you move to a higher level of learning.

Every member of our team is committed to your success. We care about you and your life goals. While you are here we believe your thinking will be challenged, your perspectives broadened, and your knowledge enhanced. The differences among us are to be appreciated as they yield greater awareness of the uniqueness and the importance of individuality.

At the end of your program of study you will find new doors open with new directions. We encourage you to continue toward new goals and new challenges. Learning should never end.

We are eager to know you and embark together on this educational and interpersonal journey. We become richer because of our encounter and our mutual interests and dreams. Thanks for being an important part of the nursing program.

Our very best to you,

The Nursing Faculty

BSN Student Outcome Data 2018
  • Employment upon graduation: 100%
  • Program Completion rates: 84%
BSN Student Outcome Data 2019 (spring only)
  • Employment upon graduation: 100%
  • Program Completion rates: 80%
BSN Student Outcome Data 2020
  • Employment upon graduation: 98%
  • Program Completion rates: 100%

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Author - Cancer Massage (chapter) in Therapeutic Modalities for Massage and Bodyworkers (2009 Mosby) Author - Changes in Nurses Perspectives Through Travel and Dialogue in the journal, Creative Nursing, 2009

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Cindy Ford has been faculty in the department of nursing since 1996. For the academic year 2009-2010 she will be a full time faculty with the rank of Visiting Professor and Director of the Partnership Program. Dr. Ford teaches and assists with courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in the department of nursing. Her dissertation title \"Effects of instructional strategies to meaningful learning and intrinsic motivation of senior nursing students\" reflects her passion of excellence of instructional strategies and nursing education. She has presented on applications of her dissertation to multiple groups of nurse educators in the United States. Dr. Ford is a long time resident of West Texas. She and her husband Chris have three grown children,a daughter-in law and son-in-law who they love spending time with. She loves to travel, read biographies and historical fiction, walk and ride bicycles when she has the time.

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JoAnn's work as a nursing scientist has been focused on adolescent health promotion, technology, and healthy eating. She has worked with interdisciplinary teams to developed interactive web-based approaches to teaching adolescents healthy eating and programs to strengthen adolescent moral development. Her current collaborative work with Texas Tech University in neuroimaging uses fMRI to investigate how cell phones images can be used as a memory cue and affective stimulus to promote fruit and vegetable consumption in adolescents.

As a nursing professor and educator, her interest in technology and teaching evidence-based practice and knowledge synthesis skills led their interdisciplinary team to develop and test the EBR Tool; an online web-based application designed to teach nursing students how to critically appraise the scientific literature.

JoAnn co-teaches graduate research, leadership and independent study courses to engage students in preliminary research projects. She enjoys working productively with her colleagues in intra-professional scientific teams; and especially mentoring students in the research process to enhance, extend, and maintain the health and wellbeing of people-her lifelong commitment as a nursing scientist.

She has mentored nursing and interdisciplinary students through projects presented at the National Council on Undergraduate Research and at Sigma Theta Tau International, Research Congress; and believes it is a privilege to walk alongside of students as a mentor and co-learner. For more than a decade she has guided students through the completion of research which has resulted in national and international presentations, co-authored publications and in some cases, advancement to scientific careers in nursing.

Examples of publications and presentations with mentored students*

Long, J.D., Morris, A.* (2018). Probiotics in preventing acute upper respiratory tract infections. American Journal of Nursing, Cochrane Corner. 117(12), 69. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000527494.16987.1e.


Dhkal, P.* & Long, J. D. (2017). Enhancing EBP Skills of RN-BSN Students through Academic Mentoring in Independent Study. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, doi: 10.1111/wvn.12210.

Long, J. D., Gannaway, P., Doumit, R., Ford, C., Brown, J., Proper, S., Zeeni, N. Milane, A., Sukkarieh-Haraty, O., Byers, B., Harrison, L., Hatch, D.,, Song, H., White, P.* (2016). Effectiveness of a Technology-Based Intervention to Teach Evidence-Based Practice: The EBR Tool." Worldview on Evidence-based Nursing, 13:1, 59-65.

Long, J., Dodd, S., Binks, M., Anyanwu, N.*, Rogers, T., & Boswell, C. (July, 2014). "Literature Review Diet, Encoded Memory, Visual Cues, Obesity, and Neuroimaging: The Role of Affective Response in Eating Behavior." Poster Presentation, 25th International Nursing Research Congress, Hong Kong, China.

Long, J.D., Boswell, C., Rogers, T., Littlefield, L., Estep, G., Shriver, B., Roman-Shriver, C., Culpepper, D., Kuenzi, G.,* & Song, H. (2013). Effectiveness of Cell Phones and to Estimate Fruit and Vegetable Intake. Applied Nursing Research, 26,(1), 17-23. DOI: 10:1016/j.apnr.2012.08.002.

Long, J.D., Kuenzi, G.* , Boswell, C., Estep, G. Littlefield, L., Kuenzi, G., Rogers, T., & Culpepper, "Technology-Based Methods for Measurement of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Preliminary Report", Poster Presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International's 22nd International Nursing Research Congress, July 11-15, 2011, Cancun, Mexico.

Long, J.D., Rogers, T., Littlefield, L., Boswell, C., & Kuenzi, G.*, Mahan, K., and Boswell, M. (2011). "Using Technology for Health Promotion." Oral Presentation. Christian Scholars Conference, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, June 16-18, 2011.

Long, J.D., Littlefield, L. A.,* Estep, G., Martin, H., Rogers, T., Boswell, C., Shriver, B., & Roman-Shriver, C. (2009). Evidence review of technology and dietary assessment (2010). Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. 4th quarter, 7(4): 191-204.

Long, J.D., Armstrong, M.L., Amos, E.A., Shriver, B., Roman-Shriver, C., Feng, D., Harrison, L.*, Luker, S., Nash, A., Blevins, M.* Using the WWW to prevent Type 2 diabetes in high risk adolescents (2006). Clinical Nursing Research. Vol 15, 1, 1-13.

JoAnn is married to Dr. Jesse Long, Dean of the Alfred and Patricia Smith College of Biblical Studies. They enjoy taking students and friends to Israel and Jordan, working with the single mother's ministry at their congregation, and spending time with their family.

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Prior to coming to LCU in a full-time position, LaNell taught Obstetrics and Pediatrics in the Associate Degree in Nursing program at South Plains College. LaNell\'s clinical background in nursing has been in the fields of Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Antepartum, and Home Health. In the past, she worked as a staff nurse at St. Mary of the Plains Hospital, University Medical Center and Covenant Medical Center. LaNell completed her doctoral studies in nursing at Texas Woman\'s University in May 2011.

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Sharlan has an expansive background in music, but chose to continue her education in Technical Communication, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Communication from LCU in 2012. After taking some time off to complete a CD of mostly original tunes and doing some traveling, she has returned to campus as administrative assistant to the LCU Department of Nursing, which includes being the event coordinator for the elegant Talkington Center for Nursing Education. Sharlan also free-lances as a copyright researcher for various faith-based organizations and teaches beginning hymn writing at the Singing School at ACU each summer.

Sharlan and her husband, Mike, have two daughters who are also LCU graduates

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I have been at LCU since 1975 instructing library skills and assisting people with their information needs.
In 1957, my uncle & aunt were among the first faculty, which began my family's connection with the college.
After completing my Master's in Library Science, I returned to Lubbock and married a Lubbock native.
I am very active in the Associates of LCU helping to raise funds while working with wonderful ladies.

Liaison to:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing

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