Assistant Dean of Graduate Nursing, Assistant Professor of Nursing


Professor Koch joined the faculty in the summer of 2000, and currently teaches in the graduate program. She is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Nursing, and serves as the Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She has maintained clinical expertise as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Currently her FNP practice focuses on onsite/near site health, wellness, and acute/chronic illness management for regional employees and their families. In addition, she supports the staff at the University Health Center in their care for the college’s students.

As an advanced practice nurse, Professor Koch has been active with local, state, and national APN organizations, and the Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She previously served as a board member for SNAP, and currently is the Region 1 representative for CAPNI. She has served on the steering committee for adult immunizations with the France Foundation and has presented the topic at multiple national APN conferences. Professor Koch has presented research findings, along with evidence-based practice guidelines, at regional and national APN conferences. She received national recognition as her EBP project was featured within publications promoting the American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ annual educational conference. She serves on the Nominating Committee for the AANP, and her leadership to the profession was recognized by the AANP when she was inducted as a fellow within the organization in June, 2016. She is the first NP in the region to receive this honor.

Professor Koch has published in The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, The Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and The Journal of Gerontological Nursing. Along with Dr. Lindsay Munden, she wrote the hematology chapter in Jones & Bartlett’s FNP Certification Review text, and she is collaborating again with Dr. Munden to write the health policy chapter in Jones & Bartlett’s Role Development for the NP text. Professor Koch continues to work with doctoral students to disseminate findings from their EBP project to promote practice change and positive patient outcomes. She has served as a practicing nurse representative and accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Dr. Koch is an active peer reviewer for the Journal of Professional Nursing, and the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


  • DNP – Valparaiso University 2011
  • MSN – Valparaiso University 1998
  • BSN with FNP Certificate – Purdue University 1989


  • Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the ANCC since 1989
  • Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners since 2016.

Areas of Specialization

  • Adult Immunizations
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Hematology
  • Health Policy
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