Heather Cole

Director of Simulation Instructor


  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education, The University of North Alabama, 2019
  • BSN, Bachelor Science in Nursing, The University of Alabama, 2013


Mrs. Cole obtained her BSN from the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in December of 2013 and an MSN from the University of North Alabama in Nursing Education in 2019. With a desire to continue her education, she began the Joint Ph.D. in Nursing Science Program at the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama in Huntsville in May of 2020.

Mrs. Cole’s clinical experience includes medical surgical, critical care, wound and ostomy care, and geriatric long-term acute care.  Her areas of teaching responsibility include support of both the undergraduate and graduate program at the Capstone College of Nursing.  She currently designs, supports, and facilitates simulation experiences across both programs.  Mrs. Cole serves as a guest lecturer for the undergraduate Pathophysiology course. She has previous experience teaching in Concepts of Nursing Practice, Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, and Adult Health Nursing.

Honors and Awards

  • CCN Simulation Champion Award, Society for Simulation in Healthcare Week, 2021
  • Anthony Battaglia Scholarship, 2021
  • INACSL Conference Attendance, 2021

Areas of Interest

  • Nursing Education & Professional Development
  • Simulation
  • Technology
  • Social Determinants of Health & Health Disparities

Scholarly Highlights

  • Examining Self-Confidence Among Nursing Students Teaching Older Adults: A Geriatric Simulation.
  • Grant Funded: Understanding the Effects of Secondary Traumatic Stress of Emergency Nurses and the Associated Patient Outcomes.
  • Grant Funded: Confidence in counseling: Exploring virtual simulation in sexual health care delivery.