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Leslie Van Dover, Ph.D., PN, RN

Professor, Graduate Programs
Phone: (626) 815-5378
Leslie Van Dover is currently a professor and a former chair of the Graduate Nursing Department at Azusa Pacific University (APU). She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Nursing Research from the University of Michigan. Van Dover stays very involved while serving on many committees and sticking to her service goals. In addition to teaching graduate students, she recently accompanied senior undergraduate student nurses, teaching courses in APU's South Africa "Semester Abroad" program. She served the APU Appointments, Rank and Contracts Committee, APU University Assessment Committee and contributed to the school's self study for national accreditation in 2008. She continues an active program of research on spiritual care in nursing practice. It is faculty like Leslie Van Dover that give such a good reputation to our university.


  • PhD, Clinical Nursing Research, University of Michigan, 1985
  • MScN - Nursing Education/Maternity Nursing, University of Western Ontario, 1975
  • BN - University of New Brunswick, 1973
  • DipN - Montreal General Hospital, 1970


  • Board of Registered Nursing – CA, USA #553516, 1998 - 2011
  • College of Nurses of Ontario – Ontario, Canada #74-3331 1, 1970 - 2009
  • PN - The Parish Nurse Institute Phase I and II, 1997


School of Nursing

  • Graduate Programs


  • Community Health Promotion - Smoking Cessation
  • Maternal-Child Health, particularly Adolescent Reproductive Health
  • Parish Nursing
  • Spiritual Care

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 501 – Theoretical Thinking in Nursing
  • GNRS 508A – Research and Theory in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • GNRS 530 – Theory and Practice in Parent-Child Nursing
  • GNRS 531 – Clinical Specialization in Parent-Child Nursing
  • GNRS 597 – Comprehensive Examination Directed Study
  • RNRS 307 – Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing
  • UNRS 410 – Community Health Nursing
  • UNRS 425 – Nursing Research
  • UNRS 496 – Senior Seminar: Ethics and Issues in Health Care