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Darren T. Absher

Darren Absher

Assistant Professor, Dr.

College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Nursing

Contact Information

Phone: 828.654.6558
Office: 309 F Biltmore Park Building


Dr. Absher is an Assistant Professor in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Western Carolina University - formerly a firefighter/paramedic, transitioned to nursing in 1994 becoming a family nurse practitioner in 1998 with experience in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Emergency, and Critical Care. He now practices in Family Medicine and Urgent Care at Wake Forest University Health Network. Dr. Absher holds bachelors’ degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Winston Salem State University, a master’s from Old Dominion University, a doctorate from Winston Salem State University and a certificate in Global Health from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Absher has also served as a clinical mentor to students from several universities incorporating the Relationship-based Care Model as a guiding philosophy. His primary interests are promoting clinical competency and reducing disparities in the care of vulnerable populations locally and globally. Dr. Absher’s doctoral project evaluated interprofessional integration of a nurse practitioner in a community health clinic for Hispanic/Latino patients utilizing the Chronic Care Model. His current work focuses on promoting global health and clinical competency.


  • DNP, Winston-Salem State University, Nursing
  • CERT, Wake Forest University, Global Health
  • MSN, Old Dominion University, Nursing
  • BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Biology
  • BSN, Winston-Salem State University, Nursing

Teaching Interests

Pathophysiology, health assessment and critical thinking, global health competency, and graduate projects related to global health and care of under-served populations

Research Interests

Health issues in under-served populations<br>Collaborative practice<br>Global health competency<br>Male health<br>Sleep quality

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