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Karen Gorton, PhD, MS, RN

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Karen Gorton


Karen Gorton joined the University of Colorado College of Nursing in 2013 after having been at the University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing for five years. During her time there, she not only held the title of Assistant Professor, but also spent time as the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs. Prior to her work at the University of Northern Colorado, Gorton was at Carroll College (now Carroll University). There, she served for five years as an assistant professor, also taking on the positions of Interim Director of the Nursing Program and Director of the Nursing Program. Gorton earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Wheaton College, her master's degree in athletic training from Indiana University, her bachelor's degree in nursing from Carroll College/Columbia College of Nursing, her master's degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and finally, her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado. Gorton has clinical practice experience in emergency nursing at one of the busiest emergency departments in the state of Wisconsin. Prior to entering nursing, Gorton worked as a certified athletic trainer in a variety of settings.  

Gorton’s funded and non-funded studies have focused on the academic professional development of nursing students and nurses. In both clinical and classroom settings, Gorton’s undergraduate/ graduate-level teaching foci include acute care nursing, nursing informatics, nursing leadership, foundations of nursing, health assessment, medical/surgical nursing, pathophysiology, and community-health nursing.