Erin Hepner


Erin Hepner

Erin Hepner DNP, MPH, ARNP, FNP-C

Associate Professor of Family Medicine
COM-Family Medicine, COM-Faculty
(509) 249-7783

Dr. Erin Hepner, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1988, and in 1998 with a Master of Public Health specializing in Health Education, and from Gonzaga University in 2009 with a Master of Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner and in 2020 with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has served as a United States Air Force Officer, Maternal-Child Public Health Nurse Supervisor, Community Health Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner with emphasis in OB/GYN & Pediatrics, Surgical First Assistant, and as Clinical Nursing faculty at Yakima Valley Community College and Washington State University and continues to work in migrant health at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic. She has been very happily teaching at Pacific Northwest University since March 2013 in the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Hepner’s background and experience as a public health professional and nurse practitioner have led her to her current position teaching medical students at Pacific Northwest University; a daily exercise in inter-professional education and one she enjoys immensely. You will find her teaching prevention, evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaborative practice, communication, safety, ethics, culture, and vulnerable populations as well as many other aspects of both years of the Art of Clinical Practice courses. She also serves as faculty advisor of several community partnerships, PNWU-VMMH Diabetes Prevention Program student co-facilitation and Centering Diabetes, and as LGBTQ+ Club co-advisor. She also serves the university through membership on the Institutional Review Board, and the following committees: Diversity-Equity-Inclusivity, Student Progress, YVIPEC Faculty Development (Vice Chair), Library and Faculty Reappointment and Promotions.