Allen College

Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Allen College is committed to implementing the QM standards for the design of online and hybrid courses. Systematically developing and evaluating courses based on QM's rigorous, research-based standards has begun. QM standards are designed to assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. For more information about the Quality Matters Program, go to

Courses that are Quality Matters Certified:

  • EdD 700 Organizational Development & Change in Education (2021)
    • Brenda Barnes, PhD, MT(ASCP)SBB
  • DPT 603 Clinical Neuroscience (2022)
    • Erica Kiernan, PT, DPT, OT, MOT, PhD
  • NU 520 Policy Organization & Financing of Health Care (2022)
    • Jennifer Edeker, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC
  • NU 535 Evidence Based Practice I: Finding & Appraising Evidence (2022)
    • Lisa Brodersen, EdD, PhD, RN, CNE
  • NU 670 Adult-Gero: Acute Care Diagnostics & Intervention I (2022)
    • Gabrielle Boysen, ARNP, MSN, AG-ACNP
    • NU 447B Nursing Informatics (2023)
      • Abigail Nieman, MSN, BSN, RN

    Certified Quality Matters Master Reviewers

    Brend Barnes, PhD, MT(ASCP)SBB
    Cristina Ortiz, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN, CNE

    Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewers

    Peg Broadie, MSN, BSN, RN, CNE
    Lisa Brodersen, EdD, PhD (c), MA, MA, RN
    Dana Clasen, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN
    Jennifer Edeker, DNP, FNP, ARNP-BC, RN
    Abigail Nieman, MSN, BSN, RN
    Erin Peters, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN

    Teaching Online Certifications

    Alisha Engel, DNP, MSN, RN
    Erica Kiernan, PT, DPT, OT, MOT, PhD
    Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PhD, MACT, BS
    Cristina Ortiz, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN, CNE