Melinda Dicken, MSN, RN, CNS

Department Chair of Baccalaureate Nursing, Assistant Professor
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5936
Fax: (626) 815-5414
Office Location: Building One, Room #314
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Melinda Dicken has nearly 30 years of experience in the nursing care of adult patients across the life span in the acute care settings. She utilizes evidence-based practice guidelines, strong interpersonal skills, and a well-developed knowledge base to model excellent nursing care. Her teaching approach not only lays the foundation for future learning, but can be utilized in real-life patient encounters that will promote nursing excellence and serve to further increase knowledge and the application of learning. Her leadership and service experience at APU includes former chair of the traditional BSN admissions committee, current faculty senate representative for the school of nursing, former member of the initial planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school of nursing’s simulation program, former member of the curriculum committee in the school of nursing, former senate representative to the faculty development committee, and former member of the undergraduate studies council. This diverse experience in the school of nursing and at the university level contributes to the collaboration needed in her current role as the chair of the baccalaureate nursing program.


  • MSN with education emphasis, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Azusa Pacific University
  • BSN, Azusa Pacific University


  • Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist - California

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Gerontology
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing

Courses Taught

  • UNRS 105 – Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • UNRS 105P – Foundations of Professional Nursing Practicum
  • UNRS 220L- Health Assessment Lab
  • UNRS 367- Pathophysiology
  • GNRS 585P – Restorative Nursing Practicum

Office Hours

Monday 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Wednesday 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Appointments available upon request. Please contact me to set up an appointment.