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Leslie Van Dover, MScN, PhD, FNP-BC, R

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, and Family Nurse Practitioner from APU. Active in Health Ministry Nursing for many years, she has with colleague Dr. Jane Pfeiffer, developed two theories (“Bringing God Near” and “Experiencing Renewed Spiritual Identity”) that reflect both nurse and patient experiences in this care environment. In addition to teaching graduate students and serving on dissertation committees, Dr. Van Dover taught senior undergraduate student nurses in APU's first nursing South Africa "Semester Abroad" program. She also enjoys participating in APU SON's medical study-abroad programs. She has served the APU Appointments, Rank, and Contracts Committee, APU Faith Integration Committee, and has contributed to the school's self-studies for state and national accreditation. 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.


  • Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner, APU, 2014
  • PhD Clinical Nursing Research, UMichigan, 1985
  • MScN Master of Science Nursing, UWO, 1975
  • BN Bachelor of Nursing, UNB, 1973
  • Dip. Nursing, 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


  • Family primary care practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Nursing Theory
  • Spiritual Care-giving in health and Illness

Courses Taught

  • GNRS506 Spiritual Concept Analysis
  • GNRS508A Research and Theory in APN
  • GNRS513 Advanced Practice Role
  • GNRS597 Comprehensive Exam Seminar