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Kelly D. Rosenberger, DNP, APRN, CNM, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Director, UIC Nursing-Rockford Campus

Clinical Assistant Professor; Director, Rural Nursing Concentration

Department of Human Development Nursing Science


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1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, IL 61107

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Kelly Rosenberger has years of expertise developing and implementing innovative curricula using a hybrid of online and face-to-face formats. Prior to joining the College of Nursing, Kelly was the Director of the Standardized Patient Program for the UIC College of Medicine in Rockford for many years. Her accomplishments led to her receipt of the Nursing Excellence Award from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, her induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Alpha Mu Chapter), and, most recently, her being named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

As director of the Rockford Campus, Kelly led the development of an interprofessional, longitudinal nursing concentration in rural health nursing. Under her leadership, the Rural Nursing Program (RNURSING) prepares DNP graduates to practice in rural settings, promoting the health of patients and communities through partnerships in education, service, research and policy. Integrating RNURSING with medicine and pharmacy was an innovative and visionary collaboration designed to meet the future healthcare challenges of rural residents in Illinois; thoughtful planning expanded the RNURSING program across the state of Illinois through the College of Nursing regional campuses to reach geographically diverse DNP students. Kelly is deeply committed to preparing DNPs to care for rural communities by expanding their knowledge of determinants of health and health disparities in those populations.

In addition to leading the Rockford Campus, Kelly directs the Rural Nursing Program, and also maintains a robust clinical practice at the UI Health Mile Square L.P. Johnson Family Health Center where she precepts DNP students. Kelly is the former director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program which achieved 100% board certification first time pass rates during her tenure.