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Mark Kossick, Nursing Faculty


Full Professor
Director, Graduate Programs
Interim Director, (post-MSN) DNP Program

28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 303
Phone: 828.654.6512

Areas of Expertise: Electrocardiography

Areas of Research Interest: Electrocardiography, Pharmacology, Nosocomial Infections,
Bispectral Analysis, Anesthesia Simulation, Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) Anesthetics

Dr. Mark A. Kossick received his Doctor of Nursing Science degree in 2003 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, College of Nursing. He completed his dissertation research in the electrophysiology laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); which involved the development of a new modified chest lead (MAC1L). Dr. Kossick finished his anesthesia education in 1984 at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pennsylvania/Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Over the past 25 years he has been on faculty at several universities (University of Kansas, UAB, University of Maryland, and Union University).

Dr. Kossick is married and the father of three daughters.  He is currently on faculty as a tenured professor at Western Carolina University, in Asheville, North Carolina and serves as the School of Nursing’s (SON) Director of Graduate Programs as well as the Anesthesia Simulation Education Coordinator. Over the past three decades he has lectured extensively across the country on EKG interpretation, including the diagnosis and management of ischemia and arrhythmias, cardinal elements of recording EKG data, and medical legal issues. His lectures have addressed eclectic audiences (anesthesiologists, hospitalists, emergency department physicians, cardiologists, advanced practice nurses working in a variety of settings [anesthesia, intensive care units, nurse practitioners]) at state, national, and international meetings, medical centers, as well as students (undergraduate, graduate) and faculty as a visiting professor at other universities. He has lectured in London, United Kingdom, Vienna, Austria, as well as Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dr. Kossick has also written a textbook and handbook on electrocardiography, is an author of a chapter in all six editions of the textbook, Nurse Anesthesia (Clinical Monitoring I: Cardiovascular System), and authored the antiarrhythmic chapter in the textbook, Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesiology. His professional memberships have included Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), and International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology, and the International Association of Simulation in Healthcare. In 2006, Dr. Kossick was inducted into Ashtabula Harbor High School’s Hall of Fame as an alumni recipient of the “Career Achievement Award,” Ashtabula, Ohio.

His simulation experience is extensive and includes serving as the Director of Graduate Simulation Education for the Baptist Memorial Health Care Center of Excellence in Health Care Practice at Union University. This position included developing high-fidelity simulation curriculum for graduate anesthesia students as well as continuing education opportunities for nursing faculty and emergency medical service personnel. At both Union University and Western Carolina University Dr. Kossick developed architectural plans for the implementation of high-fidelity simulation curriculum in operating rooms and anesthesia clinical skills labs. He continues to offer expertise in the development and delivery of high-fidelity simulation practicum experiences at Western Carolina University for both doctoral students and medical personnel within the community. In addition, he has also chaired graduate student research involving human patient simulation and the acquisition of physical assessment skills in nursing students. 

In the past he has participated in medical mission work in Tatoxcac, Mexico, served as 1) a member of the AANA Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists, 2) chair of the AANA Education Committee, 3) an on-site reviewer for the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 4) a reviewer and editorial committee member for the AANA Journal, 5) member of the AANA Practice Committee, 6) an advanced education nursing grant reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions, 7) member of the AANA Foundation Research Committee, 8) a member of Union University's IRB Committee, WCU’s IRB Committee as well as Mission Hospital’s Nursing Research Council, and 9) the Nurse Anesthesia Program Director at the University of Maryland and Union University in Jackson, TN. Dr. Kossick was also honored for his scholarly accomplishments and promoted to Senior Fellow by the President of Union University. He currently resides in Biltmore Lake, North Carolina.

Read Dr. Kossick's curriculum vitae to review his complete academic, employment and service experience.

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