Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

Our Faculty and Staff

Joanne Masella, Ed.D, M.S.N., R.N.

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Associate Professor - Nursing


College Administration


Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing


Palm Beach

Doctorate of Education, Nova Southeastern University 2007
Specialization Health care Education, Fischler School of Education
Postgraduate certificate, Florida Atlantic University 1996
Adult Nurse Practitioner Master in Science of Nursing (MSN), Florida Atlantic University 1994
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Florida Atlantic University 1990
Diploma in Nursing, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 1975

Dr. Masella teaches in the traditional master’s track concentrations of nursing education and executive nurse leadership. She has taught at various levels of nursing education and previously taught at Palm Beach Community College where she served as program director for
the associate degree program. At Florida Atlantic University she served as a teaching assistant and clinical faculty for the BSN program. At Palm Beach Atlantic University she served as Dean for the BSN-DNP and traditional bachelor of nursing programs.

Dr. Masella no longer engages in clinical practice but her clinical specialization was medicalsurgical nursing.

Her research interest is related to student success and retention factors, along with resilience
factors for retention for students and faculty.