Kristen Zulkosky, PhD, RN, CNE

Director, Center for Excellence in Practice; Chair, Graduate Nursing
Center for Excellence in Practice


Dr. Kristen Zulkosky is a Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Practice at PA College. She works at the College since 1996. She is the former Chair of the RN to BSN program at the College in the Division of Nursing. She has experience in the area of critical care nursing, administration, education, simulation, and research. She also earned a certificate in online learning from the SLOAN consortium and a Teaching with Simulation certificate from Penn State, Hershey.

Dr. Zulkosky’s research interest lies in the area of using simulation in nursing education. Her dissertation focused on using simulation in the classroom. She presented her research findings at both national and international conferences. In 2012-2013, she was the College Project Coordinator for the National Council State Boards of Nursing landmark, national, multi-site longitudinal study of simulation use in nursing education. She presented her experiences with the study at several international simulation conferences. She was also on a research team looking at clinical decision-making accuracy among the role in the simulation setting and presented at a psychology and NLN/STTI conference.

Dr. Zulkosky serves on several committees including PA College Institutional Effectiveness, Faculty Governance, Middle States, and the LGH IRB.


  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) - 2012
  • Pennsylvania Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure - 1988


  • IPC-302 Introduction to Capstone
  • IPC-322 Teaching and Learnin
  • IPC-401 Research in Health Care
  • IPC-414 Holistic Health Modalities
  • IPC-450 Capstone
  • IPC-511 Graduate Research


  • Ph.D. in Nursing Education, University of Northern Colorado, 2010
  • Master of Science in Nursing-Specialty Administration, Villanova University, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bloomsburg University, 1988

Professional Memberships

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society-Psi Pi Chapter
  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INASCL)

Career Highlights

  • 2010 - STTI, Xi Chi Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Research Award
  • 2013 - Lancaster General Hospital, Nurses as Mentor Award
  • 2013 - STTI, Xi Chi-at-Large Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Research Award
  • 2013 - STTI, Xi Chi-at-Large Chapter, Mentor Award
  • 2016 - INASCL Research Article of the Year- “Effect of Simulation Role on Clinical Decision-Making Accuracy
  • 2017 - STTI, Psi Pi Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Research Award
  • 2020 - STTI, Psi Pi Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Research Award
Kristen Zulkosky

Contact Information

850 Greenfield Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601 US

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. - Confucius

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