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Penny L. Cooper
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Office: 2043 Pearson Building
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Penny L. Cooper, DNP, FNP-BC, ACNPC, CCRN

Assistant Professor Emeritus

  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Cooper has extensive clinical experience in intensive care, trauma nursing, and critical care transport (including Life Flight). She has also held positions in nursing management and performance improvement. She earned a BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1987, and she completed a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty in 2002 and a Post Master's Certificate in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty in 2008, both at Duke. In 2012, she completed the DNP at the University of Colorado-Denver.

    Dr. Cooper joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2003. She teaches in core courses in acute/critical care and chronic care of adults in the School of Nursing MSN Program. She also engages in clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and Sigma Theta Tau.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    Master of Science in Nursing Program


    DNPUniversity of Colorado - Denver
    MSNDuke University School of Nursing
    BSNIllinois Wesleyan University

    Professional Certifications

    FNP-BCFamily Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified
    ACNPCAdult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    CCRNCertified in Acute and Critical Care
    BCLSBasic Cardiac Life Support, Provider
    ACLSAdvanced Cardiac Life Support, Provider
    PALSPediatric Advanced Life Support, Provider

    Clinical Interests

    Between 2003 and 2009, Penny Cooper's clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner included Urgent Care at Lincoln Community Health Center (which serves low-income Durham residents) and at two Duke Medicine Urgent Care clinics. Her current FNP practice focuses on consulting and disease management in an inpatient hospital setting (Inpatient Endocrine/Diabetes, Durham Regional Hospital).