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Catherine M. Todero, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean, Assessment and Accreditation, Site Director, San Diego Regional Center, Professor
Phone: (626) 815-2140
Fax: (619) 718-9659
Catherine Todero, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and associate dean for Azusa Pacific University's School of Nursing, serving also as the site director for the San Diego Regional Center nursing programs. Todero has had a distinguished career in nursing education. She is a professor emeritus from San Diego State University and served from 2006-11 as the director of the School of Nursing at SDSU. From 2009–12, as a governor appointee, she chaired the Education and Licensing Committee of the California State Board of Registered Nursing. She is currently a member of the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Quality and Safety Committee and an IOM, California Action Coalition San Diego Regional Champion. Prior to her relocation to San Diego, she was an associate dean for the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing where she also directed several innovative programs and projects including a Mobile Nursing Center that served vulnerable patients in the eastern half of the state.


  • PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • MSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Omaha, NE
  • BSN, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing


School of Nursing

  • Graduate Programs


  • Circadian rhythms
  • Future of nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing practice
  • Symptom management in chronic illnesses

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 504 – Bioethics and Health Policy
  • GNRS 508 – Advanced Research and Theory
  • GNRS 540 – Care Management
  • GNRS 597 – Comprehensive Exams