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Mary Lou Ferranto - RN, PhD, CNP

Mary Lou Ferranto - RN, PhD, CNP | Campus BSN Program Coordinator

Phone: 330-332-0361

I have been fortunate to be at Kent State University for almost 17 years as an assistant professor of nursing. While at KSU I have taught in all levels in the BSN program as well as graduate Nurse Practitioner students for the Kent campus. I am one of you, as I completed my BSN at Kent State University just a couple of decades ago.

After completing my BSN I moved to Boston and worked at Beth Israel hospital as a Surgical ICU nurse. I was also one of the first nurses to implement the new nursing care delivery system "primary care nursing" while at Beth Israel I love Boston and visit as much as I can. I hope to take student there someday soon for their senior practicum.

I then moved to New York and worked at New York University's Medical Center in the CVICU and recovery room. Several more moves brought me to Pittsburgh at Allegheny General Hospital as Clinical coordinator of the surgical ICU where I implemented a Cardiac transplant program for nursing. While in Pittsburgh, I received my Master's In Nursing Administration and Management at LaRoche College. Another move to New Jersey allowed me the opportunity to develop and implement a pulmonary rehab program for a small community hospital as well as begin my teaching career In an ADN program. I received a post-masters certification as a Certified Nurse Practitioner degree at Kent State University in 1997. I completed my  PhD in Curriculum Studies in Education at Kent State University.

I have presented at numerous national, international and professional and community based conferences. In addition, I have submitted six grant proposals, all to enhance the learning experience of her students and received three of these grants.

I am a member of the Northeast Ohio Organization of Advanced Practice Nurses, National League of Nursing, the American Association of Collegiate Nursing, The American Association of Nephrology Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau. I also work as a Certified Nurse Practitioner for the Renal Groups in the chronic kidney disease clinic and dialysis units.

Finally, I serve as a medical-legal consultant for several law firms in the East Coast. Remember that as Coordinator of the BSN programs at Salem, I am primary advisor for all current BSN students. I would like you to know that I welcome all of you to stop and see me, especially if you have any questions or concerns. 


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


Ferranto, Mary Lou (May, 2010) Online Post-Conference. The Teaching Professor. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ferranto, Mary Lou (Jan 2008) Enhancing the clinical education of Graduate Adult Nurse Practitioner Students utilizing paid student actors from the Baccalaureate program National Conference of Nurse Educators, San Francisco, California.


Kent State University Innovation Award and Grant
Developing Cultural Humility: Creating Leaders Through Experiential Learning

Performance-based non-tenure track teaching award

Performance-based non-tenure track teaching award

Performance-based non-tenure track teaching award

Performance-based non-tenure track teaching award

Performance-based non-tenure track teaching award

Research Areas
  • The Development of Cultural Humility through Cultural Immersion Experiences

Sigma Theta Tau

National League of Nursing

American Associate of Collegiate Nursing

The Renal Group as a Nurse Practitioner