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Dr. Cheryl Hettman


  • Diploma: The Washington Hospital School of Nursing
  • B.S.N.: West Liberty State College
  • M.S.N.: West Virginia University
  • Ph.D.: Nursing, University of Pittsburgh


Dr Hettman has taught nursing for more than 20 years at both the bachelor's and master's levels at various institutions in the region. She also has taught online nursing programs for several years.


  • Health Assessment
  • Trends and Issues in Nursing
  • Methods of Nursing Research
  • Research Utilization in Nursing
  • Theory and Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Nursing research and research utilization
  • Critical care nursing
  • Teaching and learning through technology/online and distance education
  • Advance directives and end-of-life care (certified ELNEC trainer)
  • Global and cultural health
  • Learning communities
  • Service learning
  • Mission nursing

Professional Memberships

  • ANA
  • NLN
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (Regional Excellence Award 2008 and delegate for the People-to-People Ambassador Program to Egypt 2009)
  • AACN (Research and Continuing Education Abstract Review Panels)
  • PSNA (Editorial Board, Pennsylvania Nurse)
  • ENRS

Service Learning Projects

  • Trip leader for service-learning/mission trips to Mustard Seed Communities, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Washington County Food Bank
  • Greater Pittsburgh Nursing Research Conference Committee
  • Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education International Initiative Coordinator Alternate - Caribbean/Central America Region

Recent Publications

  • Hettman, C.A. (2008). Sharing the Essence of Caring Through Service Learning in Jamaica. Pennsylvania Nurse, 63(4).
  • Hettman, C.A. (2008). One of Pennsylvania's Firsts: The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Then and Now. Pennsylvania Nurse, 63(2).
  • Hettman, C.A., and Patterson, K.T. (2009). Ambassadors for Transcultural, Transformational  Nursing: Crossing the Border to Egypt. Pennsylvania Nurse, 64(3).

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Nursing

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Nursing
  • Online R.N. to B.S. Nursing
  • M.S. Nursing Administration and Leadership

Contact Information



Morgan Hall 335


"The best part of my job as a Cal U faculty member is being able to facilitate the learning of my students."

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