CalSouthern Faculty Mentors

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are talented, highly credentialed educators who are also experienced practitioners in the subject areas in which they teach—and they use that practical experience to help learners apply the concepts they learn to current, real-world issues.

A common misconception about online learning is that it is impersonal, that learners are on their own. At CalSouthern, that could not be further from the truth. Faculty mentors get to know their students and provide one-on-one, personalized feedback on their assignments. They are also available by email, phone or Skype to answer their questions or provide any additional support or guidance they might need.

To learn more about CalSouthern’s faculty mentors, their professional and academic backgrounds and research areas of interest, please use the directory below.


EM Garcia, DHE

Faculty Mentor, School of Nursing

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Leadership and management; education; clinical practice.

Dr. EM V. Garcia has a diverse professional nursing background in leadership and management, education, and clinical practice. He has held various positions in healthcare serving as chief nurse executive and director of nursing services for critical and emergency care; perioperative and perianesthesia care; trauma care; wound care and hyperbaric medicine; imaging, cardiac catheterization and vascular laboratories; and population health. He has first-hand, real-world experiences within the ever-changing healthcare environment.  He continues to practice as a registered nurse leader dealing with the ever-changing demands of healthcare organizations, federal and state regulatory agencies, and national accrediting organizations. Dr. Garcia currently serves as Administrator | Chief Operating Officer | Chief Nursing Executive of a hospital system in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Garcia shares relevant real-life circumstances to facilitate meaningful and substantive learning experiences. Dr. Garcia's educational highlights feature clinical care, critical thinking, strategic management, practical patient care management approaches, evidence-based solutions to healthcare problems, and implementation of best or leading practices to ensure safe and effective delivery of health care related services influencing academia, leadership, and practice outcomes. He collaborates with patients and their families, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers in the delivery of care, treatment, and other health care services; and develops systems and processes to improve organizational outcomes.

Dr. Garcia continues to referee for the Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing’s official publication – the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. He reviewed nursing references for notable publishers. He has served as curriculum and instructional developer in forensic nursing science. He is a certified specialist in legal nursing consultancy and forensic nursing and is a fellow of the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting. He was a recipient of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s scholarship in distance education.

Dr. Garcia strongly supports higher education and continuously campaign for the advancement of science and art in health education, especially nursing. His applied doctoral dissertation focused on knowledge, skill, and attitude as a functional-conceptual framework for professional development and outcomes improvement. He is a doctoral graduate of the pioneering university in osteopathic medicine, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences where he excelled in the field of health education.  His applied dissertation utilized global literature and systematic scientific process in measuring clinical documentation and its role in patient care management.  He has a master’s of science in nursing with specialization in nursing education and a master in business administration with a concentration in healthcare.

Educational Background
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) — Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College
Master of Business Administration (MBA) — William Howard Taft University
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — American Sentinal University
Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) — Republican College
Doctor of Health Education (DHE) — Andrew Taylor Still University