MSN Program Director & Associate Professor
Dr. Gina Koch joined the College as an associate professor and director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program in 2018. She has clinical experience working in intensive care and surgical services and was the chief operating officer for Eye Care Specialists, a tertiary care ophthalmology practice, with locations in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southern Illinois, and Western Kentucky.
Upon completion of her MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner Track, she worked in rural primary care, urgent care, and college health, serving as the director of the Campus Health Clinic, caring for the students, faculty, and staff of Southeast Missouri State University. She earned her PhD from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, with a research focus on studying the impact of barriers to care for rural patients with multiple chronic conditions, and she continues her work in that area. She has taught undergraduate nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner students at the University of Central Missouri as an assistant professor and adjunct, and most recently at the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, as an assistant professor.
Her passion is engaging diverse populations of students to become health care leaders to patients across the life span in a rapidly changing environment, and to help underserved populations identify and obtain their personal health goals.
She is a member of American Nurses Association, Missouri Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and Midwest Nursing Research Society.