Debra A. Hrelic: PhD, RNC
Clinical Associate Professor

Debra A. Hrelic program coordinator & assistant professorDr. Debra Hrelic began her nursing career as a LPN in Labor and Delivery and continued on as a registered nurse gaining experience in pediatrics, postpartum, and women's health. She went on to serve as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Women and Children at Danbury Hospital. In 2009, she began working as a nurse educator in higher education at Western Connecticut State University as an adjunct clinical professor of nursing. In 2000, she began as a nursing instructor at Mount Saint Mary College where she eventually earned professor of nursing with tenure. During her 15 years with Mount Saint Mary, she facilitated development of the RN to BS Program, incorporated the nursing simulation program into each nursing course, and assisted with CCNE 10 year accreditation. Hrelic came to UNCW in 2015 as an assistant professor teaching courses in the RN-BSN program.


  • 2003, PhD, Nursing, University of Connecticut
  • 1986, MSN, Rutgers University
  • 1980, BSN, William Paterson University

Research Interest(s)

  • Student academic success in nursing
  • Nursing Professional attributes
  • Student/patient anxiety and use of therapy dogs
  • Qualitative research

Community Engagement

  • Therapy Dog team member, active in Community visitations and service.

View Debra Hrelic's Curriculum Vitae