Alumni Student Interviews

To help prospective students learn more about pursuing their graduate nursing degree online, OnlineFNPPrograms.com has created an interview series featuring alumni of prominent online APRN programs. In this series, alumni share their personal experiences as online students, offering insights on topics such as:

  • Advice for students considering an online APRN program
  • The advantages and challenges of pursuing a graduate nursing degree online
  • How online nursing programs handle course instruction and faculty interaction
  • How the clinical placement process works for online students
  • What to expect from on-campus intensives and workshops
Alumni Interview with Jerry “Bo” Barton, MSN, FNP-C – Troy University

Jerry “Bo” Barton is a Family Nurse Practitioner who earned his MSN in 2017 through the online graduate nursing program at Troy University. He currently works for Integrity Health in Alabama, performing disability compensation exams for Veterans Affairs.

Alumni Interview with Brittany Blythe, MSN, FNP – University of Cincinnati

Brittany Blythe earned her MSN online through the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Cincinnati. She currently works as an FNP for Mercy Clinics in Ankeny, Iowa, practicing in both family medicine and urgent care.

Alumni Interview with Katie Caldwell, DNP, CNM – University of Cincinnati

Katie Caldwell is a Certified Nurse Midwife who earned her MSN through the online program at the University of Cincinnati. She currently works as a laborist for a private practice in Winter Park, Florida.

Alumni Interview with Marla Capes, MSN, ARNP – Duke University

Marla Capes has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2014, and currently works as an FNP at Baptist Primary Care in St. Augustine, Florida. Before graduating from Duke University’s online MSN program in 2014, she was a Registered Nurse for over four years, specializing in cardiac nursing.

Alumni Interview with Paula Coffman, DNP, APRN, FNP – University of South Alabama

Paula Coffman works as a Family Nurse Practitioner for the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky Hospital, caring for patients with a variety of spinal injuries and abnormalities. She earned both her MSN and DNP through the online graduate nursing program at the University of South Alabama.

Alumni Interview with Amanda Davis, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C – Duke University

Amanda Davis works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Premise Health in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. She is also an Instructor and Team Coordinator for the FNP program at the University of South Florida. Ms. Davis earned her MSN from Duke University’s online FNP program in 2014.

Alumni Interview with Monika Duitch, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C – Duke University

Monika Duitch earned both her MSN and DNP through Duke University’s online graduate nursing program. She currently works as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and is also an instructor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Alumni Interview with Peter Granderson, MSN, FNP – University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Peter Granderson is a Family Nurse Practitioner currently employed at Community Clinic in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Prior to this position, he worked as an FNP for the Community Physicians Group in Arkansas. Mr. Granderson earned his MSN in 2011 through the online FNP program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Alumni Interview with Julie Jean, MSN, FNP – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Julie Jean is a Family Nurse Practitioner who works at Community Medical Wellness Centers USA in Long Beach, California. She has ten years of experience as an RN, and earned her MSN online from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2016.

Alumni Interview with Jessica Klassen, MSN, ARNP, FNP – Gonzaga University

Jessica Klassen works as a Family Nurse Practitioner for Birch Bay Family Medicine in Blaine, Washington. She has over 20 years of nursing experience, and earned her MSN through Gonzaga University’s online FNP program.

Alumni Interview with Christine Kloby, MSN, CRNP – Drexel University

Christine Kloby is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, who completed her MSN through Drexel University’s online FNP program in 2016. She currently practices at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, as part of their Infectious Disease team.

Alumni Interview with Michaela Klose, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C – Gonzaga University

Michaela Klose is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of nursing experience. She currently practices at MedProvider, a part of the Baylor Scott & White Health system. Ms. Klose holds an MSN from Benedictine Univeristy in the area of Management and Finance, and completed Gonzaga University’s online MSN FNP program in 2015.

Alumni Interview with Jamie Kulick, DNP, CNM – Frontier Nursing University

Jamie Kulick is a full scope Certified Nurse Midwife based in Morgantown, West Virginia. She earned both her MSN and DNP through the online graduate nursing program at Frontier Nursing University.

Alumni Interview with Alex Lawrence, MSN, FNP-C – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Alex Lawrence works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at both the Longview Regional Medical Center and Hospitality Health Emergency Room in Longview, Texas. She completed her MSN in 2015 through the online FNP program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Alumni Interview with Judson Lawrence MSN, FNP-C – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Judson Lawrence is a Family Nurse Practitioner based in Longview, Texas, who has extensive training in Emergency Room nursing. He currently practices at Hospitality Health ER, and spent over seven years as an RN at Longview Regional Medical Center. Mr. Lawrence earned his MSN from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, completing their online graduate nursing program in 2015.

Alumni Interview with Michelle Lew, MSN, FNP – Gonzaga University

Michelle Lew currently works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at an urgent care clinic in the greater Seattle area. In 2014, she completed the online ADN to MSN program at Gonzaga University, earning her master’s degree in the FNP specialty.

Alumni Interview with Tierria McGlothin, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC – University of South Alabama

Tierria McGlothin works for the Florida Department of Corrections as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She also holds part-time positions at the University of Miami Hospital and Miami Dade College. Ms. McGlothin earned her MSN from the University of South Alabama, graduating from their online PMHNP program in 2016.

Alumni Interview with Leigh Montejo, DNP, FNP-BC – Duke University

Leigh Montejo completed her DNP in 2016 through the online program at Duke University. She currently works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a VA Medical Center and a convenience care clinic in North Carolina. Dr. Montejo has also served as a nursing school instructor, and a preceptor for MSN students.

Alumni Interview with Ginny Moullet, ACNPC-AG, CCRN, CEN – University of South Alabama

Ginny Moullet works as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the Intensive Care Unit at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. She earned her MSN in 2016 through the online program at the University of South Alabama.

Alumni Interview with Kathy Newell, MSN, NP-C – University of Cincinnati

Kathy Newell is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who works for Encompass Family Physicians Medical Group in La Mesa, California. She has five years of experience as an NP, and earned her MSN through the University of Cincinnati’s online graduate nursing program in 2012.

Alumni Interview with Ashlee Quick, MSN, APRN, FNP-C – University of Cincinnati

Ashlee Quick earned her MSN through the online Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Cincinnati. She has over 10 years of experience in health care, and currently practices at a weight loss and testosterone therapy clinic located in Georgia.

Alumni Interview with Deven Robinson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC – Gonzaga University

Deven Robinson works as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, Montana. He is certified as both a PMHNP and a Family Nurse Practitioner, having earned his MSN through the online FNP program at Gonzaga University.

Alumni Interview with Rebecca Singh, MSN, FNP-BC – Duke University

Rebecca Singh earned her Post-Master’s FNP Certificate from Duke University’s online post-graduate nursing program in 2015. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner for the Air National Guard in Washington D.C., and has experience as a Senior Nurse Medical Manager and an Emergency Room RN.

Alumni Interview with Michelle Tanner, MSN, FNP-C – University of South Alabama

Michelle Tanner graduated from the University of South Alabama’s online MSN program in 2014, earning her master’s in the FNP specialization. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah.

Alumni Interview with Alejandra Villegas, MSN, FNP – Samuel Merritt University

Alejandra Villegas works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at both a health care clinic and an OB/GYN office in Imperial, California. Along with these positions, she is also a part-time nursing instructor at Imperial Valley College. Mrs. Villegas earned her MSN from Samuel Merritt University in 2016 as part of their FNP program’s first fully online cohort.

Alumni Interview with Charla Watson, MSN, FNP-C – University of South Alabama

Charla Watson is a Family Nurse Practitioner who works for a primary care clinic in Alabama. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Bevill State Community College, and has experience working as an NP in urgent care. Ms. Watson earned her MSN in 2014, graduating from the online RN to MSN program at the University of South Alabama.

Alumni Interview with Karin Young, MSN, WHNP – University of Cincinnati

Karin Young earned her MSN in 2014 through the online nursing program at the University of Cincinnati. She currently works as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC at an OB/GYN clinic outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Alumni Interview with Kate Zimmer, MSN, ARNP – Gonzaga University

Kate Zimmer works as a Nurse Practitioner at a specialized orthopedic practice in Billings, Montana. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University’s online Master of Science in Nursing program, and earned her MSN in the FNP specialty.