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Susan D Ruppert


Assistant Dean & Department Chair, Acute and Continuing Care (interim)
Coordinator, Master of Science in Nursing Program
Director, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Acute and Continuing Care

Dr. Susan Ruppert is a professor and coordinator of the UTHealth School of Nursing’s MSN Program.  She directs the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track and also has maintained an active nurse practitioner practice since 1996. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Critical-Care Medicine, and National Academies of Practice.

Ruppert has been editor-in-chief of The Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice since 1997. She has been a textbook editor/contributor, and serves as an editorial board member/reviewer and author for numerous journals. Ruppert has served as a national/international practice and education consultant for colleges of nursing in Oman and Hong Kong.

Ruppert has held numerous national leadership positions within professional organizations. She currently serves on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners, CCNE Accreditation Review Committee, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) Board of Commissioners, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Curricular Leadership Committee, National Task Force for Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, and American Academy of Nursing Primary Care Expert Panel. She serves on the Texas Center of Nursing Workforce Studies Advisory Committee and TEXAS TEAM Executive Committee which is leading implementation strategies to address the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing initiatives in Texas. She has been elected as Treasurer of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners for 2018. She is completing a full two-year term as Chair and previously completed a full two-year term as Vice-Chair.

Ruppert received her PhD in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She completed a post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. In addition, she is also recognized in Texas as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing.

Related News Items

Ruppert named to two national oversight roles for nursing education (Jan 2017)

UTHealth School of Nursing's Susan Ruppert re-elected as national accrediting agency's chair (Oct 2016)

Website ranks Ruppert among “50 Top Gerontology Professors” on 2016 list (Jun 2016)

Ruppert and fellow faculty members push for nurses’ “Leap into Leadership” (Mar 2016)

Ruppert elected to AANPCP certification board, co-authors on diabetes (Dec 2015)

Ruppert elected to national leadership position in CCNE accrediting agency (Oct 2015)

Ruppert’s re-election extends her CCNE board service through 2018 (Jul 2015)

Co-authors Ruppert and Fay publish on pharyngitis in Nurse Practitioner (Jul 2015)

Ruppert appointed to statewide advisory committee on nursing workforce studies (Apr 2015)

Hanks and Ruppert take on new administrative posts, starting Feb. 1 (Jan 2015)

Website names Ruppert one of “15 Top Adult Gerontology Professors” (Oct 2014)

Website names Ruppert one of “16 Great Acute Care Nursing Professors” (Aug 2014)

Ruppert elected to CCNE office for 2014 (Dec 2013)

Ruppert Elected as Distinguished Fellow in National Academies of Practice (Feb 2013)

Ruppert Presents in Oman on GNE (Jan 2013)

Three Listed Among “Top 25 Nursing Professors in Texas” (Jan 2013)

Ruppert Co-Authors with Fay and Two Alums in Three Journals (Oct 2012)

Ruppert Named 2012 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (Aug 2012)

Ruppert Elected to FAANP’s Governing Body (Jun 2012)

Journal’s Authors Have in Common: UTHealth School of Nursing (Apr 2012)