Brian Higgerson, D.N.Sc., F.N.P-B.C., C.N.E.

Brian Higgerson, D.N.Sc., F.N.P-B.C., C.N.E.

Clinical Associate Professor

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Dr. Brian Higgerson is a clinical associate professor at the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines at the University of North Dakota. He has over 25 years of experience in higher education and family practice settings. He is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Educator.
Dr. Higgerson has developed and taught a variety of courses across the graduate nursing curricula, including courses in the master’s and D.N.P. programs. He has served as D.N.P. project advisor as well as a Ph.D. dissertation committee member for CNPD students. His areas of expertise are family health, nursing education, evidence-based research and culturally appropriate tailored care for Hispanic individuals and communities.

Dr. Higgerson’s broad clinical experience as a family nurse practitioner includes settings in homeless shelters, public health departments and private practice. His previous clinical appointment focused on primary care services as a family nurse practitioner to U.S.-Mexico border residents at a federally funded community center. Dr. Higgerson’s research interests focus on maternal-infant birth outcomes as well as health promotion strategies for residents living in rural or disadvantaged regions. Recently, he expanded his research pursuits to include the exploration of evidence-based research guideline appropriateness and relevance for the Hispanic population.

Dr. Higgerson earned his Doctorate of Nursing Science with a focus in family nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He has a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. His Bachelor of Science of Nursing is from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. His entry into the nursing profession began as a graduate from a registered nurse diploma program at Baptist Memorial School of Nursing in Memphis, Tennessee.


Areas of Expertise

  • Family Practice
  • Nursing Academic Accreditation
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Role and Regulation
  • Health Promotion Strategies in Primary Care
  • Gynecological/Obstetrical Care
  • Primary Care for the Hispanic Population

Courses Taught

  • NURS523: Health Promotion
  • NURS566: Curriculum Development
  • NURS569: Assessment and Evaluation
  • NURS597: Advanced Clinical Practicum
  • NURS599: Evidence-Based Research II


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