Karen Rousseau, PhD, RN

Dean of the School of Health Sciences


Karen Rousseau earned her baccalaureate degree in nursing at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, in Chicopee, Massachusetts; her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a PhD in nursing at Duquesne University, with a focus on families with chronically ill children. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a practicing nurse, including 21 years as a nurse educator. Her areas of expertise include maternal/newborn and pediatric nursing as well as nursing management. She has held a variety of nursing roles in maternal child care, as well as in nursing management prior to coming to American International College.

Prior to assuming the role of Director of the Division of Nursing, she taught in both the undergraduate and RN to BSN programs. Currently, Rousseau serves as the president of Beta Zeta at Large of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is also a member of a number of nursing organizations including the Organization of Nurse Leaders, Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, and the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League of Nursing. Additionally, she represents the Division of Nursing at the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing as well as the Western Massachusetts Nursing Collaborative.


Room: 108 Courniotes Hall

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