Assistant Dean of Graduate Nursing, Assistant Professor of Nursing


Professor Koch joined the faculty in summer 2000. In addition to overseeing graduate nursing programs as assistant dean, she teaches several graduate level courses and continues to work with doctoral students to disseminate findings from their DNP projects to project promote practice change and positive patient outcomes. To complement her faculty responsibilities, Professor Koch continues to maintain clinical expertise as a family nurse practitioner. Currently, her FNP practice focuses on on-site/near-site health, wellness, and acute/chronic illness management for regional corporate employees and their families; she also supports the staff at the Valparaiso University Student Health Center. As an advanced practice nurse, Professor Koch has been active within local, state, and national organizations. She has served on the steering committee for adult immunizations with the France Foundation and has presented the topic, along with research findings and evidence-based practice guidelines, at multiple regional and national APN conferences. In 2016, Professor Koch received the prestigious honor of being inducted as a fellow with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners , and she currently represents the organization as a member of their nominating committee. Professor Koch also supports the AANP through her work reviewing annual scholarship applications and abstracts submitted for their national conference. Professor Koch has authored or co-authored a number of chapters within APN-related textbooks and has published in the American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. She 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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