Kristi Acker - Assistant ProfessorAssistant Professor-Clinical, Graduate Nursing

Dr. Kristi A. Acker received her BSN from the University of Alabama in 1992 and her MSN from Mississippi University for Women in 1999. In 2009, she received her DNP from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and in 2019 she received her PhD from William Carey University. Dr. Acker is ACCN certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and holds specialty certifications in both Oncology (AOCNP®) and Hospice and Palliative Advance Practice Nursing (ACHPN®). She has extensive training in leading difficult patient and caregiver conversations and has completed the American Cancer Society’s VitalTalk ® workshop, the US Department of Health and Human Services Train-the-Trainer program on shared-decision making, holds STAR Oncology Rehabilitation Certification and has completed the core ELNEC Train-the-Trainer curriculum. She is a Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) approved educator.

Dr. Acker has extensive clinical experience in palliative care and hematology/oncology. She maintains her clinical practice with Oncology Associates of West Alabama, providing outpatient oncology services at the Manderson Cancer Center @ DCH. Although she has devoted her advance practice career to oncology, Dr. Acker has maintained a commitment to advance palliative care, not only at end of life, but for all patients dealing with serious illness.

On a state level, Dr. Acker was appointed by the State of Alabama Medical Director to serve on the State Advisory Council on Palliative Care and Quality of Life, where she is serving a second term. Nationally, she was elected to serve a 3-year term on the Board of Directors for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). Dr. Acker belongs to numerous professional organizations including the American Nurses Association, Alabama State Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma Theta Tau), Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and the Oncology Nursing Society, among others.

Dr. Acker resides in Northport, Alabama along with her husband, Stan. Together, they have two daughters. Olivia, who is a graduate from the UA School of Law and Abby Francis, who is currently a senior at UA majoring in elementary education.