Dr. Ellen Odell

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Dr. Ellen Odell

Dr. Ellen Odell

Associate Professor of Nursing Education

D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University
M.S.N., George Mason University
B.S.N., University of Missouri-St. Louis
A.D.N., McLennan Community College


Dr. Ellen Odell received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve in 2008; she received her MSN from George Mason University in 1992. She holds an Arkansas license as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and has over 30 years of experience in nursing, with the past 20 years primarily in nursing education. Dr. Odell has previous experience as a program director, as well as both undergraduate and graduate teaching. She began working with John Brown University (JBU) in 2013 as a consultant for their proposed BSN program and began full time as program director in 2014.

Because of her dedication and drive, JBU has a state-of the-art fully accredited nursing program. She is highly esteemed by her students as Jacqueline Craddock ’18 says,

“Dr. Odell’s dedication to this program and her students is unsurpassed. Her vast knowledge, approachable attitude, and personal faith radiates from her life both in the classroom and personally. Her office door is always open and I have personally seen her burn the “midnight oil” on several occasions. Yet, no matter the time of day, she is always available. She goes above and beyond what most can only dream of doing.”

Dr. Odell often opens her home to students to relax poolside or attend a Super Bowl party featuring some of her delectable cupcake creations.  She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 34 years, and they have three grown daughters.