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Cori Heier

Cory Heier


Lecturer (Sioux Falls)

Office Building


Mailing Address

SDSU Nursing - Sioux Falls
2300 Career Ave Ste 260
Sioux Falls, SD 57107


Cori Heier, Ph.D., RN, CNE, CHSE, CNRN began her nursing career in 2013 after graduating from South Dakota State University. She began teaching at South Dakota State University in 2018 after completing her masters degree at American Sentinel University. In 2023, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, School of Nursing. Her clinical nursing experience is in the fields of neuroscience, emergency department, urology and operating room. In 2018, she became a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse, in 2021 she became a Certified Nurse Educator, and in 2023 she became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.


Ph.D.- University of Kansas, Nursing Education
MSN- American Sentinel University, Nursing Leadership and Organizational Management
BSN- South Dakota State University, Nursing

Academic Responsibilities

NURS 201 Medical Terminology
NURS 234 Patient-Centered Care Concepts I
NURS 235 Clinical Application I
NURS 258L Nursing Principles and Application I: Assessment and Interventions
NURS 272 Professional Nursing Concepts I
NURS 335 Clinical Application II
NURS 372 Professional Nursing Concepts II
NURS 472 Professional Nursing Concepts III
HSC 445 Epidemiology
Sioux Falls Simulation Faculty
Sioux Falls Semester 1 Coordinator

Committee Activities

College of Nursing Committe on Faculty, Chair-Elect
College of Nursing BSN Curriculum Subcommittee, Member
South Dakota State University Student Success Committee, Member
South Dakota State University General Education Subcommittee, Member
College of Nursing Subcommittee for Bylaws and College of Nursing Handbook, Past Member and Chair

Awards and Honors

NLN Nursing Education Scholarship Recipient, 2023

Professional Memberships

Association of SP Educators
Association of Leadership Science in Nursing
Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Midwest Nursing Research Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
American Nurses Association
South Dakota Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau International

Work Experience

South Dakota State University
Avera Medical Group
Sanford Health

Area(s) of Research

Academic nursing leadership, nursing education research

Applications of Research

Heier, C., Nelson-Brantley, H. (2023, March). Nurse faculty job satisfaction: A conceptual model. [Poster Presentation]. Midwest Nursing Research Society, Des Moines, IA.
Heier, C., Christian, B. & Park, S.H. (2022, March). Adolescent marijuana use and suicidal ideation: A secondary data analysis. [Poster Presentation]. Midwest Nursing Research Society, Schaumberg, IL.
Heier, C., Schomberg, T. L., & Horsley, L. (2021, June). An interprofessional addication simulation for primary care in rural health: Development and implementation. [Poster Presentation]. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Virtual.