Julie Marfell

Julie Marfell DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor

Dr. Julie Marfell in a leader in nurse education.  She received a RN diploma from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in 1980, a BSN from Rush University in 1990 and a ND/DNP from Rush University in 1994. Dr. Marfell began her faculty role at Rush University teaching and practicing as a family nurse practitioner in the Department of Community Health Nursing. Her experience included mentoring doctoral students and practicing in community clinics in Chicago. Dr. Marfell joined Frontier Nursing University (FNU) in 1999 to develop and implement the curriculum and courses for the FNP program in an online format.  While at Frontier she served in the position of program director, department chairperson, executive director of the rural health clinics, associate dean and dean of nursing.  Dr. Marfell provided leadership in curriculum design that resulted in the Master of Nursing Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, student services initiative that increased student retention and faculty development programs that improved teaching and learning. She was a member of the leadership team that led the effort to received initial institutional affirmation for the university and reaffirmation including the Quality Enhancement Project (QEP). Dr. Marfell also worked in collaboration and led the initial accreditation and continuing accreditation process for the MSN and the DNP programs at FNU.

Dr. Marfell has served on executive boards of directors for national and regional professional organizations.  She served as treasurer for the National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives and remains on the finance committee for both organizations.  Dr. Marfell has been a member of the work group that revised and delineated suggest content for the Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies (2017) (2014). She led the work for the Family/Across the Lifespan competencies for the NONPF Population-focused NP Competencies (2013). Dr. Marfell served on Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Committee for the development of standards and processes for accreditation to practice programs (2017-18). She served as a member of the Kentucky AARP Executive Board of Directors and is currently on the board of directors for the Kentucky Center for Nursing. She has served as a mentor and is now a faculty advisor for the Emerging Education Administrators Institute for Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Marfell is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a AACN/Wharton Fellow.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 257-5263

Email: Julie.Marfell@uky.edu



BSN, Rush University, 1990
ND/DNP, Rush University, 1994


Dr. Julie Marfell's CV