Melissa D. Scott: PhD, RN, CNEcl
Prelicensure Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor

Melissa ScottDr. Melissa Scott earned her ADN in 1999 from Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter, S.C. After several years of developing her clinical expertise in Emergency Nursing, she completed her BSN and began working as a clinical educator in the hospital setting. She served as Clinical Nurse Educator for Duke University Health Systems and continued her academic journey at East Carolina University to earn her MSN with a Nurse Education concentration in 2010.

Scott began transitioning into the academic setting by serving as a part time clinical instructor at Wake Technical Community College in 2009 and came to UNCW in 2016. She completed her PhD from East Carolina University in 2017 with a research focus on Community of Inquiry and the development of evidence-based competencies in online nursing research courses in RN-BSN programs. Scott's teaching responsibilities reach across the nursing programs and include Leadership in the RN-BSN program, clinical instruction in prelicensure, and the nursing education concentration of the MSN program.


  • 2017, PhD, Nursing, East Carolina University
  • 2010, MSN, Education track, East Carolina University
  • 2007, BSN,Nursing, East Carolina University
  • 1999, ADN, Nursing, Central Carolina Technical College

Research Interest(s)

  • Impacts of communities of inquiry in online Nursing courses on evidenced-based competencies

Community Engagement

  • Faculty Advisor Association of Diversity in Student Nursing

View Melissa Scott's Curriculum Vitae