Leslie Welch, Ph.D. in Nursing

Core Faculty,
Department of Nursing

Dr. Leslie Welch is an Instructional Faculty in the Nursing department at American College of Education (ACE).  Dr. Welch has been an RN since 1984 and brings her 25 years of vast professional experience into our online program.  Students have shared their appreciation of her subject matter knowledge and ability to engage them within her courses.  She brings to ACE experience in online teaching and instructional design. Her formal education includes a BS in Nursing and Biology, MSN in Community-Based Nursing and a PhD in Nursing Education.  Her research interest is end-of-life care.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and participating in raising awareness and fundraising for the Sarcoma Foundation.


  • Doctorate in Nursing Education
    Capella University
  • Master's in Community Based Nursing
    Bowie State University
  • Bachelor's in Nursing
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor's in Biology
    Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests

End-Of-Life Care

Program Affiliations

BSN to MSN Master of Science

Earning your Master’s in Nursing means you’re ready to become a leader in the healthcare field. If you’re a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, this is the next step on the path to be a nurse educator or nurse manager. With an MSN from ACE, students gain greater knowledge and expertise, potential for career advancement or extension through a different role, and more variety in career options.


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RN to MSN Master of Science

Turn your RN into an MSN with this accelerated program that also allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree on the way to your master’s. Designed to help you excel in evidence-based decision making, informatics, global perspectives and innovative thinking, this program prepares graduates to serve in educational or administrative roles in nursing.


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RN to BSN Bachelor of Science

Earning a BSN means you’ll have advanced nursing knowledge and expanded professional skills to excel in a global and increasingly complex healthcare system. Nurses with a BSN qualify for more jobs and earn higher salaries than associate degree nurses.


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