Dr. Jo Ann Baker earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice, master’s, and baccalaureate degree in nursing from Wilmington University, post-masters in Educational Leadership from Wesley College, and her diploma in nursing from Milford Memorial School of Nursing. Dr. Baker has served as the Department Chair/Instructional Director at Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus since 2005. She has oversight of the Practical and Associate Degree Nursing Programs with an annual average of 250 clinical, 600 “pool” students, and 25 full-time faculty. She demonstrates excellent leadership and program assessment with the program leading the NCLEX first time pass rates, among the states Colleges, for the past four years.
Dr. Baker has 39 years nursing experience. Her career includes working as a staff nurse and nurse manager in the hospital setting for 16 years; program administrator for Public Health for 11 years, serving as the Director of the Office of Women’s Health, and has been in education for the past 11 years. She also works as a family practice nurse practitioner part-time since 1997. Dr. Baker has been a site visitor for ACEN (previously NLNAC) since 2007. She has served as a team chair for the past five years and recently was appointed to the ERP for PN/ADN programs. She also served on the committee that revised the 2013 Standards and Criteria.
Dr. Baker has extensive leadership and grant writing experience. She is a member of the NLN, ANA, DNA, AANP, and AACN. She has held office in various local and national boards. She was the awardee of Delaware Todays Top Nurses for the Education Leadership category in 2015.