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Susan D. Ruppert, Ph.D. RN, FNP-C, ANP-BC, FNAP, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN


Clinical Nursing

Cizik School of Nursing

UT Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Susan Ruppert holds the PARTNERS Endowed Professorship in Nursing and is a professor and coordinator of the MSN program.  She directs the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Critical-Care Medicine, and National Academies of Practice.

Ruppert has been editor-in-chief of The Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice since 1997. She has been a textbook editor/contributor, and serves as an editorial board member/reviewer and author for numerous journals. Ruppert has served as a national/international practice and education consultant for colleges of nursing in Oman and Hong Kong.

Ruppert has held numerous national leadership positions within professional organizations. She currently serves on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners. She is the board Treasurer for 2018, and previously completed a full two-year term as Chair and a full two-year term as Vice-Chair. She also serves on CCNE Accreditation Review Committee as Co-Chair as well as the CCNE Standards Committee, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) Board of Commissioners, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Curricular Leadership Committee, and American Academy of Nursing Primary Care Expert Panel. She is a member of the Texas Center of Nursing Workforce Studies Advisory Committee.

Ruppert received her PhD in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She completed a post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. In addition, she is also recognized in Texas as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing.