Tracy Holt, DNP, RN-BC, CHSE, CNE

Assistant Dean for Pre-Licensure Programs and Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • DNP, DNP Educational Leadership, American Sentinel University
  • MSN, Nursing , Mount Caramel College of Nursing
  • BSN, Nursing , Northwestern State University
  • ADN, Nursing , Louisiana State University, Alexandria

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Teaching - didactic, skills labs, and clinical settings
  • Simulations - design and implementation
  • Assessment of student learning
  • Program evaluation

Research Projects

  • Pacific Lutheran University Clinical Evaluation Process (PLU-CEP). Evaluating the validity and reliability of weekly clinical evaluation form.

  • Academic Nurse Educator Shortage: A Delphi Study

  • Evaluating the impact of community-based simulation experiences on nursing student’s perception of public/community health nursing practice.

Selected Articles

  • Holt, T.. "). Effective Teaching: The 20-20-10-10 Model. ." Teaching and Learning in Nursing. 2022:
  • Holt, T.. "The Effectiveness of Multiple-Choice Test Items in Assessing the Clinical Judgment Abilities of Prelicensure Registered Nursing Students. ." Sigma Repository 2019:
  • Pennington (Holt), T., & Spurlock, D.. "A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Remediation Interventions to Improve NCLEX-RN Pass Rates." Journal of Nursing Education 2010:


  • Dean Smith's Excellence in Teaching Award


Tracy D. Holt, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CHSE, CNE, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and the Assistant Dean of Prelicensure Programs at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.  She has been a registered nurse since 1990 when she completed her associate degree at Louisiana State University in Alexandria. In 2004 she completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Northwestern State University in Alexandria. She worked in the acute care clinical setting from 1990 until 2009, when she completed a Master’s in Nursing Education and began teaching in undergraduate RN programs. In 2020 she completed the DNP Nursing Educational Leadership program at American Sentinel University. The focus of her DNP Capstone Project was how nurse educators could use the NCSBN Nursing Clinical Judgment Measurement Model as a framework to develop multiple-choice test items that accurately measure clinical judgment as defined by the NCSBN. Dr. Holt is very passionate about safe patient care.  Her overall goal as a nurse educator is to assist nursing students in developing the clinical judgment abilities necessary to provide safe, competent patient care.