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Penny Lynnette Cooper

Assistant Clinical Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
Box 3322 Med Ctr, 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710
School of Nursing, 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Cooper has extensive clinical experience in intensive care, trauma nursing, and critical care transport (including Life Flight). She has also held positions in nursing management and performance improvement. She earned a BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1987, and she completed a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty in 2002 and a Post Master's Certificate in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty in 2008, both at Duke. In 2012, she completed the DNP at the University of Colorado-Denver.

Dr. Cooper joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2003. She teaches in core courses in acute/critical care and chronic care of adults in the School of Nursing MSN Program, and serves as co-Lead Faculty for the Adult NP-Acute Care Specialty in the MSN Program. She also engages in clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and Sigma Theta Tau.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Clinical Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing · 2015 - Present School of Nursing

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine · 2012 D.N.P.
Duke University · 2002 M.S.N.