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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Alicia K. Ribar, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE

Title: Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Accreditation and Professor
Department: Advanced Professional Nursing Practice & Leadership
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-4889
Fax: 803-777-0550

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 214
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States 



Dr. Alicia K. Ribar, has practiced professional nursing for 30 years. She began her career with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Toledo, Medical College of Ohio, and. completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Wright State University becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is recognized as an Advance Practice Nurse by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. She completed her PhD in Nursing at Duquesne University concentrating in Epidemiology and transcultural health disparities. Dr. Ribar has served as an academic administrator for over 10 years focusing on curriculum development and evaluation. Dr. Ribar currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academics at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. Dr. Ribar joined the University of South Carolina College of Nursing in 2016. Prior to that she had taught at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio where she was a tenured Associate Professor and served as the Director of the RN/MSN programs and the Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs.


Dr. Ribar has extensive teaching experience at all levels of nursing education. She is an expert in on-line teaching methodologies and student engagement strategies. She has served as project chairs for DNP students and honors students. Throughout her career, she has been extensively involved in Interprofessional Educational integration between health sciences programs throughout her career. 


Dr. Ribar’s research interests center around nutritional interventions in minority children and vulnerable populations. Additionally, her research efforts focus on pedagogical approaches in educational delivery and design. Research efforts have been funded by HRSA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Ohio Learning Commission and the Ohio Nurses Foundation. 


Dr. Ribar has disseminated over 50 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts at national and international conferences.

Professional Service 

NONPF Curricular Leadership Committee, 2019- present
National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), 2007-present
National League of Nursing, 2005 - present

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2005 - present
Southeastern Nursing Research Society, 2016 - present

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, 2010 - present

Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2010 – 2016
Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN), 1998 – August 2016
Sigma Theta Tau International, 1998 – present

Professional Practice

Primary Care: chronic disease management adolescence and pediatric specialties.
Acute Care: Cardiology, Emergency nursing 

Publications (Selected)

Haverkamp, J., Herbert, L., Polykova-Norwood, V., & Ribar, A. (2022). Curriculum and teaching methodologies that effectively refine DNP students’ project proposal. Journal of Professional Nursing, 43, 140-144.

Herbert, L., Slone, S., Johnson, R., Jones, K., Ribar, A., & Andrews, J. (2022). Recommendations for evolving a doctor of nursing practice program. Journal of Professional Nursing, 43, 12-21.

Davis, V., Murillo, C., Chappell, K. Jeanette, C., Ribar, A., Worthy, K. & Andrews, JO. (2021). Tipping Point: Integrating Social Determinants of Health in a College of Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education. 60(12), 7-3-706.

Ribar, A., Herbert, L. & Keane, P. (2020) Hereditary Hemochromatosis: New Guidelines and Application for Primary Care, Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (Epub) DOI:

Ribar, A., Kilanowski, J., & Zoucha, R. (2020). "The Cultural Perceptions of Healthy Eating in Mexican American Children: A Focused Ethnography. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. (Epub) doi/pdf/10.1177/1043659620912305

Herbert, L., Ribar, A., Mitchell, S., Phillips, C. (2019). Discovering metformin-induced vitamin B12 deficiency in patients with type 2 diabetes in primary care. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (Epub) doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000312

Ribar, A. & Polykova-Norwood, V. (2018). A Simple Model for Adding Simulations to Your Courses. The Teaching Professor, published online October 15, 2018 at

Haverkamp, J, Ribar, A., Keane, P. & et. al. (2018). A Map for Successful CCNE Accreditation. Journal of Professional Nursing. 34,(3), 182–188.

Research Studies (Selected)

Health Resources and Service Administration – Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) – Dr. A. Ribar (PI) - Developing an APRN/FQHC Practice Training Partnership – funded $2,384,542 – 2019-2023

Health Resources and Service Administration – Dr. A. Ribar (PI) - Nurse Faculty Loan Program – funded - $200,320.00– 2020-2021

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation - Dr. A. Ribar (Co-PI) - TeleMental Scale funded - $525,000.00 – 2019- 2022

Health Resources and Service Administration – Dr. A. Ribar (PI) - Nurse Faculty Loan Program – funded - $171,411.00 – 2018-2020

CVS Health Educational Foundation Grant – Dr. Alicia Ribar (PI) – funded $5000.00 – 2018.

Health Resources and Service Administration Dr. A. Ribar (Co-PI - subaward) – Model State-Supported AHEC Program - SC AHEC Scholars Program Inter-professional grant – University of South Carolina Sub-award – Co-PI $46,151.00 - 2017-2021

University of South Carolina – College of Nursing Funds for Preparatory Work  - Parent and Child Perceptions of Body Mass Index – Dr. Alicia Ribar, Dr. Robin Estranda and Dr. Mary Foster-Cox - $5000.00 - 2017.

Otterbein Sabbatical Leaves Committee Funding – Development of a Clinical Practice Partnership - $2700.00 - 2016.

Otterbein University Faculty Development Research Grant – The Association of Body Weight Perception, BMI Understanding and Measured BMI in Adolescents, $1500.00 -2013. 

Ohio Learning Community Grant for research of Teaching Strategies in Undergraduate Pediatrics, Funding $7,000 - 2007.

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