Jessica Cherenegar, DNP, BSN, RN

Director of USF School of Nursing

Dr. Jessica Cherenegar earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck North Dakota and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from North Dakota State University in Fargo North Dakota. She has an expansive clinical background with a primary emphasis on critically ill adult patients and primary care medicine. Her doctoral work focused on the acute disparity of literacy levels and the overall impact to the health of adult patients.

Dr. Cherenegar's passion for education was developed from an intense desire to impact patient outcomes early in the development of the registered nurse. She was able to live this mission as an adjunct faculty and clinical instructor before focusing on the administrative aspect of education.

She resides in Sioux Falls with her daughter, Ava.


  • B.S.N., Nursing, University of Mary, 2004
  • D.N.P., Doctor of Nursing Practice | Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty, North Dakota State University, 2008

Professional Memberships

American Nurses Association

American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association is a professional organization to advance and protect the profession of nursing.

Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society of Nursing

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Sigma Theta Tau International's mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

South Dakota Nurses Association

South Dakota Nurses Association

The South Dakota Nurses Association is the professional organization for Registered Nurses in South Dakota. It is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association. The South Dakota Nurses Association speaks with a unified voice to support professional nursing through advocacy, communication, networking and collaboration across nursing specialties. The Registered Nurse is an advocate of access to quality, cost-effective care while upholding standards of excellence for the profession.


  • Academic Administration
  • Adult Health

Scholarships and Creative Work

  • Hanzel, J. (2008). An assessment of patient health literacy levels (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from