April Matthias, PhD, RN, CNE
Nurse Educator Program Coordinator & Associate Professor

April MatthiasDr. April Matthias received her BSN from Waynesburg University, and began working as a registered nurse in the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She has gone on to work in several departments, including the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, Level II/III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Post-partum, and Labor and Delivery. In 2004, she earned her MSN with a major in Education from Duke University School of Nursing, and in 2011 received her PhD in Nursing from East Carolina University.

Matthias has 18 years of teaching experience, at both the community college and university level. Her teaching responsibilities regularly include Professional Nursing of Baccalaureate Nurse as well as courses in research and health policy. In 2014, Matthias was awarded the Discere Aude Award from the Center of Teaching Excellence at UNCW.


  • 2011, PhD, Nursing, East Carolina University
  • 2004, MSN, Nursing Education, Duke University
  • 1997, BSN, Nursing, Waynesburg University

Research Interest(s)

  • Nursing History
  • Entry-level Nursing Education Programs
  • Online Nursing Education Pedagogies
  • Professional Identity and Role Development of the Nurse

View April Matthias' Curriculum Vitae