Ruth Chavez, DNP



Science Center, 439D

Associate Professor
Department of Nursing

“What I love about nursing is the creativity and autonomy that the nursing profession provides. We are constantly teaching our patients how they can help themselves and promoting wellness and health through the lifespan.”


  • Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)
  • D.N.P., Otterbein University, Westerville, OH, 2013
  • Post-masters FNP, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH, 2008
  • M.S., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1978. Nursing.
  • B.S.N., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1975

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • College Health
  • Global Missions
  • Developmental Disabilities-Pediatrics
  • Maternal Child Health


  • Shoemaker, J., Chavez, S., & Keane, P. Butz, S., R., Yowler, (2017) Effective Utilization of Computerized Curricular Assistive Tools in improving NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for a Baccalaureate Nursing Program. Computer Informatics Nursing April, 2017, 81-87.

Affiliations & Awards

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing-Kappa Lambda Chapter Otterbein University-Vice-President
  • Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN)
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
  • DOT Medical Examiner Certification