Patricia Esslin, PhD, APRN-CNS, CNE

Assistant Professor
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5941
Alternate: (626) 815-5386
Fax: (626) 815-5414
Office Location: Building One, Room #363
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Dr. Esslin possesses a commitment to the future of nursing which is evident in her leadership, clinical practice, research, and educator roles. Dr. Esslin is a doctorally prepared clinician with extensive experience in medical surgical, oncology, and restorative nursing. She strives to dynamically engage nursing students in the learning process, as the lead instructor for the medical-surgical Nursing Management Complex course (UNRS312) in APU's undergraduate nursing program where she teaches both lecture and clinical. Dr. Esslin is a gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and serves as the School of Nursing Gerontology content expert. She is also a Certified Nurse Educator. She is active in professional nursing organizations—such as the Oncology Nursing Society, and Iota Sigma, the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International—and encourages her students to do likewise. Dr. Esslin was honored at the 2007 American Society for Pain Management Nurses (ASPMN) conference for her leadership and service to the Southern California chapter of ASPMN, receiving the National Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Esslin's doctoral work centered on instrument development in which she developed a subjective instrument for prelicensure nursing students to self-evaluate a key Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competency, patient-centered care.


  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2016
  • Post-masters, Azusa Pacific University, 2009
  • MSN, Gero CNS, California State University at Dominguez Hills, 2005
  • BSN, University of Southern California, 1999


  • Certified Nurse Educator
  • Registered Nurse, California Board of Registered Nursing
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist, California Board of Registered Nursing

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Chemotherapy
  • Gerontology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Pain Management

Courses Taught

  • UNRS 312 – Nursing Management of Adults
  • UNRS 312P – Nursing Management of Adults Practicum
  • GNRS 597 – Comprehensive Examination Directed Study

Office Hours

Monday 10:30am-1:30pm
Appointments available upon request. Please contact me to set up an appointment.

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