Lori Silao, PhD, RN, MN NNP-BC

Department Chair, RN to BSN and Assistant Professor

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6352
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Lori Silao has a background in neonatal nursing and has been a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner since 1994. Having earned a PhD in education with a focus in nursing, she is committed to the advancement of nursing education. Her goal is to improve how nurses teach, and to foster student learning. Lori's doctoral work was focused on improving the mentoring process for new educators, and linking clinical adjunct faculty strongly to the parent academic center.

Dr. Silao has taught for APU since 2007 as an adjunct faculty member, and then became a full-time assistant professor in 2015. Dr. Silao serves as the assistant chair for the RN to BSN program. Her favorite classes to teach are pathophysiology and nursing theory. Currently, Dr. Silao teaches in the RN-BSN program teaching both pathophysiology and improving patient outcomes courses, and frequently teaches for the LVN-BSN program teaching professional concepts and theoretical frameworks for nursing, as well as writing 2. Teaching has become Dr. Silao's passion and she is continually seeking new ways to improve learning for her students.


  • PhD in Nursing Education at Capella University, 2015
  • MN in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at UCLA, 1994
  • BSN at Loma Linda University, 1990


  • Registered Nurse--Board of Registered Nursing State of California
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner--Board of Registered Nursing, Sate of California
  • Board Certification for NNP--National Certification Corporation
  • Certified Prior Learning Assessment Assessor, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, DePaul University

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Faculty Development
  • Neonatology/Neonatal Medicine
  • Nursing Education/Curriculum development
  • Nursing Theory
  • Pathophysiology
  • Quality Improvement

Courses Taught

  • RNRS 368 – Pathophysiology
  • RNRS 469 – Improving Patient Outcomes: Quality & Safety and Risk Management
  • UNRS 270 – Professional Concepts in Nursing
  • UNRS 306 – Writing 2: Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing

Office Hours

Mondays 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesdays 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Appointments available upon request. Please contact me to set up an appointment.