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Kaplan University Appoints Chandice Covington as Dean of Kaplan University School of Nursing

May. 19, 2014

Dr. Covington Takes Charge as School Celebrates Ten Years of Growth and Innovation

Davenport, Iowa (May 19, 2014) —  Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chandice Covington, PhD, RN, PNP (BC), FAAN, as dean of the School of Nursing.

In her role as dean, Dr. Covington will lead the pursuit of excellence in nursing education, scholarship, research, and clinical training. She will be responsible for providing academic leadership for the School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate degree programs, while promoting student-centered experiences. Dr. Covington will drive strategic innovation to keep ahead of the changing world of nursing education.

With 40 years of professional experience, she most recently was professor and chair of the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing at Rush University. Previously, Dr. Covington was at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where she was the Florence Thelma Hall Endowed Chair for Nursing Excellence in Women’s Health in conjunction with the Laura Bush Institute for Women’s Health. Dr. Covington also served as dean and professor at the University of North Dakota College of Nursing.

“Dr. Covington is joining Kaplan University at an exciting time as we proudly celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kaplan University School of Nursing and look ahead to the next decade of the School’s growth,” said Betty Vandenbosch, Kaplan University Provost. “Her accomplishments as an educator, researcher and as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner are a great asset to us as she leads the School in shaping the practice of nursing one nurse at a time.”

A Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in clinical nursing research from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Texas.

Her extensive teaching experience also includes positions at University of California at Los Angeles; Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; the University of Texas at Dallas; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; and Northwestern State University in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Dr. Covington has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications based on outcomes of funded grants as principal or co-principal investigator funded by organizations such as National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Cancer Institute. Most recently, she was an investigator on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop a breast shield to deactivate HIV in breast milk. She has a particular research interest in improving the health of women, children, and families globally.

About Kaplan University School of Nursing

Kaplan University School of Nursing programs include the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, Master of Science in Nursing program, and five post-master’s certificates. Kaplan University’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing-RN-to-BSN and Master of Science in Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

More than 2,500 registered nurses have completed advanced nursing degrees with Kaplan University to prepare for the ever increasing demands of their profession. In a recent survey of Kaplan University nursing graduates, 98% stated that their online education prepared them with the right technology skills for their nursing roles.

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About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 43,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan’s higher education institutions serves approximately 60,000 students online and through 56 campus-based schools across the United States and offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more information, visit

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