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About Kara S. Koschmann, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC

Kara teaches in the BSN-DNP: Nurse Practitioner and DNP - post master's (DNP-PM) programs. She is also the program director for the AGNP, PNP, PMHNP, and DNP-PM programs. She is certified as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner. Kara earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Valparaiso University in Indiana and her master's of science in nursing of children from Saint Louis University, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her PhD in Nursing is from the University of Minnesota. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. Her dissertation research study was titled, "Urban, low-income, African American Well-Child Care: Parent and Provider Experiences and Expectations." Her clinical practice has included pediatric hematology and oncology as a registered nurse and pediatric orthopedics and primary care as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Her experiences working in North County St. Louis, Missouri reinforced her interests in addressing racism and healthcare and health equity from the nursing perspective.


Present Assistant Professor, DNP-NP Co-Program Director, Nursing, St. Catherine University Nursing Department

Curriculum Vitae



2019 - 2020 Urban, Low-Income, African American Well-Child Care: Parent and Provider Experiences and Expectations
St. Catherine University
2019 Carol Easley Denny Award
Role: PI
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Honors and Awards

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Future of Nursing Scholar 2017-2020


  • Primary Care II Clinical: Immunologic and Infectious Challenges in Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Health Promotion
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Foundations of Nurse Practitioner Practice II
  • Foundations of Nurse Practitioner Practice I


2010 MS, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri ‐ Pediatric Nursing
2007 BS, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana ‐ Nursing
PhD, University of Minnesota ‐ School of Nursing

Publications (8)

Research Works (1)