Faculty180 – Vita and Individual Profile Data Sheet

Ebere Ume, PhD, MSN, RN, PHN

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Professor I

Interprofessional Education Department


Current Position

  • Position: University Faculty


Dr. Ebere Ume is the Founding Program Director Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS)  Dr. Ume received her PhD in Nursing and Healthcare Innovations from Arizona State University (ASU), Phoenix, AZ in 2013 with dual foci in Gerontology and Nursing Education; master’s (Educator’s option) and baccalaureate degrees in nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA.


Dr. Ebere Ume was previously the Dean of the Leach College of Nursing at University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois. Prior to that, she was the Associate Dean of Nursing and the RN-BSN Program Director; also, formerly the Entry Level Masters (ELM, pre-licensure) Program Director at the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). 


Her major academic leadership foci and passion include, nursing education, faculty and student mentorship, grants development and management, research development, global health, and capacity building at institutional and international levels. Her research interests include, Post-Caregiving Transitions, hospice and palliative care, and cancer survivorship and caregiving in underserved populations. 



Ph.D., Nursing and Health Care Innovations, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, United StatesDissertation: Post-Caregiving Transitions in African American Caregivers


M.S.N., Nursing Education, California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, California, United States


B.S.N., Nursing, California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, California, United States


A.S., Nursing, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, California, United States

Professional Licensures (Healthcare)

Registered Nursing, California, United States, RN 515777, Active, 1995, 2023-07-31

Public Health Nurse, California, United States, 60854, Active, 1999, 2023-07-31

Professional Registered Nursing, Illinois, United States, 041.484148, Active, 2019, 2024-05-31

Post-Graduate Training

Type: School Nurse-Health Services Credential, California State Unversity Northridge, School Health, Northridge, California, United States, 2001, 2003

Work Experience

2019 - 2021

Dean, Leach College of Nursing, University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois, United States

2012 - 2019

Associate Dean, Program Director, RN-BSN, Program Director ELM, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (Mervyn M Dymally School of Nursing), Los Angeles, California, United States

2009 - 2012

Graduate Research Assistant, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

2006 - 2010

Director of Nursing Education, Grace Institute Inc, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

2005 - 2009

Assistant Professor, Nursing, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

2005 - 2006

Psychiatric Nurse, Maricopa Integrated Health Services (MIHS), Phoenix, Arizona, United States

2001 - 2004

Nursing Faculty, Chester Adult School, Compton Unified School District, Compton, CA, Compton, California, United States

2000 - 2001

Nursing Faculty, Compton Community College, Compton, CA, Compton, United States

1999 - 2005

School Nurse, Compton Unified School District, Compton, CA, Compton, California, United States

1999 - 2003

Home Health Case Manager, Golden State Home Health, Culver City, California, United States

1999 - 2000

Nursing Faculty, Concord Career Institute, Garden Grove, California, United States


Nursing Education, Psychiatric Mental Health, Geriatrics, Fundamentals, , Cancer Survivorship, Caregiving, Post-caregiving, End-of-life, Students success, student affairs, faculty scholarship, Psychiatric Nursing and Geriatrics

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I chose SCU when looking for a PA program because of their Integrative Medicine approach. I am from Michigan, and not many programs focus on this Integrative, Holistic approach when it comes to patient care in the Midwest, and I felt that was very important for me to learn as a future provider. My transition to semi-virtual learning has been very smooth and quite enjoyable. My favorite part about attending SCU is how tight-knit and diverse the community is. Coming from a large undergrad university and moving so far, it was very important for me to have a PA program that made me feel valued and invested in my success. At SCU, they do a great job of making you feel that.


Brianna Hadley

MSPA Class of 2022

One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.

Jamie Kuljis

Student, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."

Portia Harris

Student, Ayurveda Program

Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.

On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.

Jordan Vega

Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

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