Acute & Tertiary Care

Faculty in the department of Acute and Tertiary Care teach multiple courses in the undergraduate nursing program covering topics such as ethics, medical/surgical nursing, and pharmacology.   At the graduate level, there are several areas of concentration within the Master's and doctoral programs.

Department includes:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist — Adult-Gerontology
  • Health Systems Executive Leadership
  • Clinical Nurse Leader


Department Chair Sheila A. Alexander, PhD, RN, FCCM 412-624-3831
Vice Chair for Administration Alice Blazeck, RN, DNSc,  412-624-3814
Vice Chair for Research Salah Al-Zaiti, PhD, RN, ANP-BC- FAHA,, 412-624-4369
Department Administrator leesha Barron  412-624-6859

336 Victoria Building
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Phone: 412-624-4722
Fax: 412-383-7227


Undergraduate Courses Graduate Courses
Medical-Surgical Nursing
Finance and Policy
Intro to Professional NRSG
Advanced Research Methods
Health Policy

Certificate and Minors

Nurse Education Certificate and Minor Laura Fennimore, DNP, RN, NEA-BC 412-624-1853

Master of Science in Nursing Area of Concentration

Clinical Nurse Leader Heather Vitko, PHD, RN, CNL, CCRN, TCRN 412-624-9654
RN-Options* Linda Kelley, JD, MSN,RN 412-624-7936

* BSN or BSN with Early Admission to MSN to DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice Areas of Concentration

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Brady John Bielewicz, DNP, CRNP, CNS, CCRN, TCRN 412-624-3434
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Patricia Tuite, PhD, RN, CCNS 412-624-3797
Health Systems Executive Leadership  Judith F. Zedreck Gonzalez, DNP, MPM 412-624-3582