Michelle Federe Riingen, DNP, RN, CNS-BC

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program & Professor

  • Phone: 619.849.2785


  • Case Western Reserve University - Doctor of Nursing Practice - Dissertation: The Relationship of Cognitive Critical Thinking Skills and Affective Critical Thinking Dispositions to Academic Success in the First Year of the Nursing Major
  • University of San Diego - Master of Science in Nursing; Family Health Clinical Nursing Specialist with emphasis in Nursing Education
  • University of San Diego - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Southwestern College - Associate Degree in Nursing


Teaching Focus:

  • BSN Pre-Nursing Caring Faithfully: An Introduction to Nursing 
  • BSN Sophomore Adult Health I & II, including Clinical Practicum
  • BSN Senior Capstone
  • MSN CNS Role Acquisition: Adult/Gerontology
  • MSN Educating Nurses for Radical Transformation
  • MSN Comprehensive Exam 

Professional Awards/Honors:

  • 2010 PLNU Nursing Pinning Speaker for graduating class
  • 2008 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Zeta Mu-at-Large Chapter, Recipient of Excellence in Nursing Education award
  • 2008 “Making the Point” speaker at PLNU Graduate Studies Commencement Convocation 

Clinical Background/Academic Focus:

Michelle Riingen has enjoyed a career as a nurse educator in both the university and acute care hospital settings.  She is a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist.