Emily Coffey

Emily Coffey is a MSN to PhD student at UNMC’s College of Nursing. She is also an UNMC undergraduate nursing instructor.


Current credentials and degrees: MSN RN MHA
Hometown: Elk Horn, IA
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2025
Research interest: Competency Based Education implementation in undergraduate nursing.
Plans after graduation: Continue teaching undergraduate nursing courses at UNMC.


Why I chose a PhD in nursing:


I am a nurse and am passionate about improving nursing. I specifically want to improve the education undergraduate nurses receive to help them feel more prepared to begin practice.

Research/professional interests:


My dissertation topic is Competency Based Education implementation and evaluation in undergraduate nursing programs. My interest in CBE started with the premise that students with lower socioeconomic means could have the opportunity to achieve a bachelorette degree in nursing. This methodology of education allows for free movement in courses rather than a set structure of semesters. Not only allowing students to achieve their dreams but allowing for an increase in graduating nurses.

What I like about UNMC:


UNMC is home. I have been with UNMC for four years as faculty and have developed a bond here that I knew would help me grow as a PhD student, nursing instructor, and nurse. The PhD program at the College of Nursing is challenging, engaging, and thought provoking.

Professional memberships:


  • Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Pi at-Large Chapter: Board Member

Three things people may not know about me:


  • I have two children, a nine-month-old daughter and five-year-old son.
  • You will typically find me outside when the weather allows.
  • I am an Iowa State Cyclones fan!