Allen College

Area Students Graduate from Allen College

Allen College awarded 40 degrees at its commencement ceremony on Friday, August 10 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Allen College conferred 3 Bachelor of Health Sciences degrees, 1 Doctor of Education degree, 28 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees and 8 Master of Science of Nursing degrees.

The speaker for Allen College’s summer commencement was Dr. Nancy Kramer. Dr. Kramer is the current provost at Allen College. Allen has been a significant part of Dr. Kramer’s life for the past 50 years. She has devoted her entire professional career to helping patients and educating future healthcare professionals about the challenges that they may face.

Throughout her five decades at Allen Hospital and Allen College, Dr. Kramer worked on various clinical units, i.e., mental health, intensive care unit and pediatrics and has taught various classes at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Dr. Kramer has attained several national certifications, i.e., CPNP (certified pediatric nurse practitioner), PMHS (pediatric mental health specialist) and CNE (certified nurse educator) and is a fellow in the national association of pediatric nurse practitioners. In addition she completed a child-adolescent mental health fellowship program through Ohio State University in 2017.

She has served as test item writer for the National Council of state Boards of Nursing and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She has also served on the item review committee for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and as a peer evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). She currently serves as a team leader for CCNE accreditation site visits and is a member of the CCNE Substantive Change Review Committee.

Dr. Kramer is currently serving her second 3-year term as a governor appointee to the Iowa Board of Nursing. Dr. Kramer has written several chapters for textbooks and in 2015 she was inducted into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education with the credential of “Fellow.”

Allen College offers degrees in both health sciences and nursing. Approximately 670 students enrolled at the College this fall. Information on Allen College is available at