Dr. Cynthia Lewis-Washington joined Kaplan University as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Nursing in 2010. Her responsibilities include serving as course lead in the family nurse practitioner program, and member of Curriculum Oversight Committee and curriculum design.
Dr. Washington has over 30 years of nursing experience, including 13 years of nurse practitioner experience. She has taught in online and traditional nursing programs for 13 years. Dr. Washington has over 12 years of experience in curriculum design, test item development, and review for undergraduate and graduate courses of nursing. Dr. Washington has presented at local and national conferences to increase awareness of health disparities affecting low income communities and vulnerable populations, as well as the importance of building partnerships to promote community health. Dr. Washington’s research and practice efforts focus on improving access to care for underserved communities. Dr. Washington is a community activist and has formed partnerships and collaborative relationships with local health and community organizations to promote health of disadvantaged populations.
Dr. Washington is an active member in the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. She is licensed as a registered nurse in the states of Alabama, Oklahoma, and Illinois. Dr. Washington holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with focus in family practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Washington earned a Master of Science in Nursing with focus area of family nurse practitioner and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She is nationally certified as a family nurse practitioner by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).