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Aurelia Macabasco-O'Connell, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Phone: (626) 815-6309
Aurelia Macabasco-O’Connell is an associate professor in the Doctor of Nursing program at Azusa Pacific University. Her active research program encompasses the interdisciplinary care and health outcomes of low literacy, minority, heart failure (HF) patients. She has a background as a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the clinical care and treatment of HF patients.

Macabasco-O'Connell's work has been published in more than 50 articles and abstracts, and she serves as a panel reviewer on several peer-reviewed journals. She has been involved in various health care agencies as a clinician and nurse scientist to mentor and facilitate staff nursing research. She also serves as a consultant to biomedical and pharmaceutical industry-sponsored projects. As an associate professor, she focuses on the subjects of acute care, critical care, cardiovascular diseases, and health promotion and wellness.


  • PhD in Physiological Nursing, UC San Francisco School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA - 2004
  • MSN, Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, specialty as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Cleveland, OH - 1996
  • BSN, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA - 1994


  • Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Certification Society of Critical Care Medicine, 1995
  • Board Certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing
  • Center (ANCC), 1997
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number California Board of Nursing


School of Nursing

  • Doctoral Programs