Carolyn Kerns

Assistant Professor


  • EdD, Instructional Leadership, The University of Alabama, 2023
  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clemson University, 2000
  • BS, Bachelor Science in Nursing, Bob Jones University, 1995


Dr. Kerns received her EdD in Instructional Leadership, Nurse Education concentration, from The University of Alabama, and her MS as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Clemson University. She obtained her Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) from the National League for Nursing.

Dr. Kerns taught nursing for 20 years prior to joining the Capstone College of Nursing in 2023. Her clinical background is primarily in medical-surgical. She also has experience in industry, informatics, primary care, orthopedics, community health, and obstetrics. She has participated in international service-learning trips. Currently, she teaches in the undergraduate program.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has participated on various college and university committees and has served as a volunteer in the community. Her professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau, the National League for Nursing, the Alabama League for Nursing, and the Mid-South Educational Research Association. She is active in research, publications, and presentations.

Honors and Awards

  • Nominated by her students for the Sigma Theta Tau International Faculty Leadership Award, 2018

Areas of Interest

  • Technology
  • Nursing Education/Professional Development
  • Simulation

Scholarly Highlights

  • Nursing Faculty’s Clinical Judgment Teaching Methods in Prelicensure Programs
  • Factors Affecting Prelicensure Nursing Faculty’s Clinical Judgment Teaching Methods
  • Conceptual Models within the Clinical Judgment Measurement Model