CCU Spotlights

Dr. Dennis Ondrejka

Dr. Dennis Ondrejka

Professor, Director of Nursing Graduate Programs
Nursing and Health Sciences Division

  • Ph.D. Higher Education (University of Denver)
  • MSN (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)
  • BSN (University of Wisconsin - Madison)


Phone: 720-872-5627

Dr. Dennis Ondrejka is Director of CCU's Graduate Nursing Program where he supports the Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences with the administrative needs of the nursing division. His primary focus is the building of a new master’s in nursing program within the nursing division as well as working with faculty to strengthen the current programs.

Dr. Ondrejka has over 15 years of clinical experience in emergency rooms, medical units, and in occupational health settings taking care of the staff or employees at General Motors, National Jewish Hospital, Children’s Hospitals, and more. He is a Clinical Nursing Specialist (CNS) in the fields of community and occupational health nursing, which is an advanced practice nursing role in Colorado.

Dr. Ondrejka has been on faculty at the University of Utah, Regis University, Denver School of Nursing, along with being affiliate faculty at various universities for more than 15 years. He most recently came from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Healthcare System where he was the Director of Educational Services and Magnet Coordinator at Lutheran Medical Center.

He is a National speaker and conducts workshops on topics of “Integrating Affective Teaching Methods,” “The Patient Experience;” “Emotional & Social Intelligence;” “Relationship Based Care and Presence;” “Building Your Mission for Christ;” and much more. In addition, Dr. Ondrejka has recently published the first nursing teaching textbook on affective teaching since 1984. His work was published by Springer Publishing called, "Affective Teaching in Nursing: Connecting to Feelings, Values, and Inner Awareness."

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