Jennifer O’Donoghue, Ph.D., L.A.T., A.T.C., C.S.C.S.

Associate Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies
Director of Athletic Training Program


B.S., Michigan State University
M.A., Ph.D., Western Michigan University

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Recent Accomplishments
• 2012 Jefferson-Pilot Faculty Member of the Year

Dr. Jennifer O’Donoghue, associate professor in the School of Nursing, is the program director of the Athletic Training Education Program and also serves as the director of faculty development. She received her B.S. in physical education and exercise science in 1996 from Michigan State University. In 2000, O’Donoghue received her M.A. in athletic training from Western Michigan University; and, in 2008, she earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership, research, and technology.

O’Donoghue has served as an educator, athletic trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist in various clinical-outreach, high school, college, and professional settings. From 2001-2003, she was an assistant professor/athletic trainer/on-site clinical coordinator and strength and conditioning education program advisor for Barton College. From 2003-2004, O’Donoghue held the position of Doctoral Fellow and Clinical Coordinator of the Athletic Training Professional Program at Western Michigan University and was named Program Director in 2004, serving in that position until returning to Barton College in the fall of 2009.

O’Donoghue’s research and areas of interest include: athletic training clinical education, the establishment of clinical education sites, dance and sports medicine, accreditation compliance issues, learning preferences, injury evaluation and diagnosis, strength and conditioning program development, and the implementation of strength and conditioning education. O’Donoghue serves as Co-Clinical Director for Fit Feet with the Special Olympics International.  She is a member of many professional organizations at the state, district, and national level and serves on numerous Barton College committees .  In 2012, O’Donoghue was named a Jefferson-Pilot Faculty Member of the Year.

O’Donoghue resides in Wilson with her husband Jeff, son Ci’an, and daughter Lily.

Yvonne R. Ford, MSN, M-CL, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing

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Carol H. Ruwe, MS, RD

Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of General Education
School of Nursing

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Sharon I. Sarvey, PhD, RN

Professor of Nursing
Dean, School of Nursing

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Frances Thunberg, DNP, CNE, RN-BC

Associate Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean of School of Nursing
School of Nursing

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