Michele Crissman, J.D., MSN, CMA

University Dean, Health and Nursing. Department Chair for HealthCare and Security Studies at CTU Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

Nurse practitioner. Legal scholar. Critical thinker.

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  • J.D., University of South Dakota School of Law (2004)
  • MS, Nursing, South Dakota State University (1986)
  • BS, Nursing, Minnesota State University at Mankato (1982)
  • Associate Degree, Medical Assisting, Colorado Technical University (2006)

Michele Crissman holds the position of University Dean of Health and Nursing. In addition, she is the Department Chair for HealthCare and Security Studies at CTU’s Sioux Falls campus.

Crissman has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years as a Registered Nurse, and manager/director at departmental and executive management levels. She also briefly held positions as a Law Clerk and Magistrate Judge and currently is an Independent Hearing Officer for administrative appeals. She is a board member and past chair of Active Generations.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

HealthCare, Nursing and Criminal Justice/Security Studies

Why are YOU IN?

CTU provides students with the opportunity to learn from professionals practicing in the field. This real-world experience allows students to obtain knowledge from industry-current professionals. One of the greatest joys in this job is helping students be successful.

What is your teaching philosophy?

As an educator, it is my goal to provide a student with the resources he/she needs to be successful in their professional career. The student should be encouraged to embrace the importance of lifelong learning in the journey to personal and professional success.

Aside from higher education, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy sports, reading and baking.

  • Crissman, M. and Walz, M. (2004). Disclosure of Protected Health Information in South Dakota After HIPAA. South Dakota Law Review, Volume 49, Issue 2.
  • Crissman, M. (2004). Exclusions from Federally Funded Healthcare Programs. Dakota Nurse Connection, Volume 2, Issue 3.
  • Crissman, M. (2004). HIPAA. Dakota Nurse Connection, Volume 2, Issue 2.
  • Crissman, M. (2003). Alienation of Affections: An Ancient Tort – But Still Alive in South Dakota. South Dakota Law Review, Volume 48, Issue 3.
  • Crissman, M. (1986, Master’s Thesis). Role Expectations of the Clinical Nurse Specialist as Perceived by Staff Nurses. South Dakota State University.
Awards or achievements
  • Nominated for Educator of the Year for Career Education Corporation in Leadership category (2009 and 2010)
Professional memberships

  • 2009 to Present. Member of Alpha Phi Sigma
  • 2007 to Present. Member of American Association of Medical Assistants
  • 1/05 to Present. Member of South Dakota Bar Association
  • 11/02 to Present. American Bar Association