Alona Angosta, Ph.D., APRN, FNP, NP-C
Associate Professor, Director – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program
Alona Angosta earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a tenured Associate Professor and Director of the MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate programs. Angosta’s research program centers on cardiovascular disease (CVD), lifestyle interventions, and vulnerable populations. She is nationally recognized for her scholarly work focusing on the cardiovascular health of Filipino Americans. Most of her research and collaborative activities have been conducted around this central theme. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international nursing and scientific conferences. She is also an NIH grant recipient, Okura Foundation Leadership Scholar, fellow of NIH Summer Genetics Institute and AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. Through her scholarly efforts, she also received the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Nevada Nurses Association, John Crawford Research Fellowship Award from the Neuman Systems Model Institute, Excellence in Research and Service from the UNLVSON, and Community Research and Service awards from U.S. Senator Harry Reid for her outstanding contribution in improving the health of Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Angosta has extensive teaching and mentoring experiences. She has been an educator for 13 years. She believes in life-long learning and utilizes learning strategies that are learner-centered and stimulate critical thinking. She teaches primarily in the PhD and MSN programs. She also taught in the baccalaureate program, specifically pathophysiology and pharmacology courses. She has served as an advisor for undergraduate and graduate students. She chairs and/or serves as a member of PhD dissertations, Doctor of Nursing projects, and MSN students’ culminating experience projects. Angosta is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with 19 years experience in primary care, internal medicine, acute care, and military medicine. Prior to her FNP practice, she worked as a Registered Nurse in cardiovascular care unit, level 1 trauma intensive care unit, and primary/urgent care clinics. She also has experience in emergency nursing. Angosta has made significant contributions in increasing awareness and recognition of nurse practitioners (NPs) and visibility of minority NPs. Through this effort, she was awarded the NP Advocate State Award for Excellence by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Angosta engages in service to benefit the community and nursing profession. She is the President of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association and a board member of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. Her professional memberships include: American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Nevada Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Western Regional APRN Network, Sigma Theta Tau, and Phi Kappa Phi. She also serves on the Tenure & Promotion and Graduate College Awards committees at UNLV. Her past service includes Chair of the Academic Affairs Council and Faculty Affairs at UNLVSON, Treasurer of Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Kappa Chapter, UNLV Biomedical IRB and Nevada State Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Advisory Committee.