Mary Lynne Knighten, DNP


Associate Professor and DNP Clinical Residency Coordinator

Phone: (310) 386-1539

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: Monrovia Regional Site, Online

A board-certified nurse executive with 36 years of progressive management experience leading patient care operations, ensuring legal and regulatory compliance, developing staff, building clinical programs, improving patient satisfaction and quality outcomes, mitigating cost inefficiencies, controlling budgets, conducting research, and negotiating contracts for major medical centers and teaching hospitals. A self-motivated leader who anticipates and responds to organizational needs. Student-centered academic leader and faculty at private faith-based universities. A published author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in patient-and family-centered care, leadership, and faith community nursing.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (focus on executive leadership), University of San Francisco, 2012
  • Master of Science in Nursing (focus on nursing and business administration), Duquesne University, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, West Liberty University, 1986
  • Diploma in Nursing, The Washington Hospital School of Nursing, 1982


  • NEA-BC (ANCC Nurse Executive-Advanced Board Certification)
  • Post-Master's Credential in Faith Community/Parish Nursing (APU)
  • Faith Community Nurse Educator/Faculty Certificate (Westberg Institute)
  • Healthcare Financial Management Certificate for Nurse Executives (Healthcare Financial Management Association and American Organization for Nurse Leaders)
  • Certificate in Project Leadership (Cornell University)
  • Instructional Modality Certificate (APU)

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing


  • Faith Community Nursing
  • Workforce Development
  • Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Leadership
  • Health Policy

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 716 - Translational Research
  • GNRS 791 - DNP Intensive I
  • GNRS 732 - DNP Residency (Continuous Enrollment)
  • GNRS 733 and GNRS 734 DNP Residencies
  • Continuing Education (Perioperative and Faith Community Nursing Foundations courses)