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March 8, 2018

Saint Martin's University announces Teri Moser Woo, Ph.D., as the new director of the RN-to-BSN nursing program. 

LACEY, Wash. — Saint Martin’s University welcomes Teri Moser Woo, Ph.D., as the incoming director of the RN-to-BSN nursing program. As director, Woo’s official duties will be to oversee the program and faculty and to secure reaccreditation of the program next year. Woo will lead the growth of the nursing program at Saint Martin’s by applying for the creation of a Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) at the University and the creation of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) once the BSN program has been established. She will also be responsible for building collaborative partnerships and securing clinic sites, designing nursing labs for the BSN program, and helping to fundraise for the nursing programs. Woo will start at Saint Martin’s on July 1, 2018.

“Dr. Woo brings in a wealth of experience in program development and management, strong relationships in the nursing education community, and a passion for the role of nursing education at a Catholic university. I am very excited about her joining us and look forward to the growth of this program in the near future,” said Jeff Crane, Ph.D., dean of the College of the Arts and Sciences.

“I am thrilled to join the Saint Martin's University family,” said Woo. “Saint Martin’s nurses are educated to make a positive difference in the lives of their patients through the Benedictine core values of faith, reason, service and community. It is these core values that will enable Saint Martin’s BSN graduates to keep the patient at the center of care in an often chaotic, ever-changing healthcare environment.”

Woo brings more than 30 years of nursing experience and educational leadership to Saint Martin’s University. She graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University with a BSN in 1984, an MSN in childrearing family nursing in 1989 and a post-masters pediatric nurse practitioner certificate in 1993. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing at University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing in 2008. Woo was named a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2009.

Woo comes to Saint Martin’s from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), in Parkland, where she is currently a professor and associate dean for graduate nursing programs. While at PLU, Woo worked with the faculty to develop the PLU Doctor of Nursing Practice program, with the first students graduating from the program in 2017. At PLU, Woo was awarded $1.75 million in Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) nursing education grants, used to provide funds for student tuition and strengthen nurse practitioner education to care for rural and underserved populations.

Prior to PLU, Woo was at the University of Portland for 12 years, where she taught both undergraduate and graduate nursing students, and worked with faculty to develop the Clinical Nurse Leader master’s degree and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.

Woo is lead author of “Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurses,” used by more than 250 nurse practitioner programs in the U.S. and internationally, and has lectured and written extensively on the topic of nurse practitioner prescribing. She currently serves on the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an at-large board member and has represented NAPNAP on Centers for Disease Control/Pew Charitable Trust committees for addressing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act Working Group.

Woo lends her practice expertise to the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia by serving as an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) examiner and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Quality Assurance practice reviewer since 2007. She maintains her clinical nursing practices as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Woodcreek-Mary Bridge Healthcare in pediatric urgent care.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

Jeff Crane, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Tiffany McDuffy
Executive Assistant to the Dean
College of Arts and Sciences

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager