Shawn Zembles, DNP, APRN, CEN, CCRN, ACNS-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Phone: 816-235-6356



Dr. Zembles started his career in health care as an EMT and Paramedic working in a high volume 911 EMS system in Kansas City, Missouri.  He graduated from the nursing program at the University of the State of New York-Albany (ADN) in 1992 and Graceland University (BSN) in 1993 where he served as class president and was the recipient of the N. Morgan Leadership Award. He completed graduate school (MSN) at the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) in 1999 and a clinical doctorate (DNP) from UMKC in 2008.  He has worked at a level one trauma center, multiple emergency departments and intensive care units, as well as a helicopter flight nurse where he ultimately held a director level position with responsibilities for eight helicopter bases throughout the central United States.  Dr. Zembles keeps current in his clinical practice today by working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for an urban emergency and trauma center in Denver, Colorado.  He now holds dual teaching appointments with UMKC and Colorado Christian University (CCU) where he teaches critical care, public health, social justice, healthcare leadership, health information technology, and advanced pathophysiology courses. He has also been selected as Faculty of the Year by the UMKC Student Nurses Association; nominated for the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award for exceptional service, sacrifice, and innovation; and is a Faculty Scholar within the University of Missouri System. Dr. Zembles is certified in on-line teaching, certified as an emergency nurse (CEN), certified as a critical care nurse (CCRN), and is nationally board certified in advanced practice as a CNS in Adult Health (ACNS-BC).

Curriculum Vitae