Darlene Crittenden

Contributing Faculty
College of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Darlene R. Crittenden received her DNP in Health Sciences at Troy University in May 2016. She has been a nurse since 1992. Her employment with Walden University as a contributing faculty member was July 2018. She currently manages her own practice at Crittenden Family Health & Wellness Center in Fayetteville, GA. She also serves as a hospitalist at Saint Frances Hospital in Columbus, Ga. She has served in this role since 2013. Dr. Crittenden has served as preceptor to Doctoral students at South University, Savanna, GA; as an adjunct faculty member with Columbus State University as a clinical instructor; and with Chattahoochee Valley Community College as a clinical instructor for ADN students. Additionally, she taught a class in pharmacology to medical assistants at Chattahoochee Valley. She is a published author in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (2017). She is a member of the nurse’s honor society, The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and a peer reviewer for the Journal for Nurse Practitioners. She has performed her role as a nurse in multiple levels of care, within various aspects of the healthcare system, and to all levels of the socioeconomic realm that impact the delivery and access to care.

Courses Taught

NUR 6541 - Primary Care of Adolescents and Children

NUR 6540 - Care of Elderly and Frail


DNP, Troy


Crittenden, D. R., Seibenhener, S., Hamilton, B. (2017). Health Coaching and the Management of Hypertension. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners


Crittenden, D. R. (2016). The Impact of Health Coaching on Lifestyle Modification in the Management of Hypertension in the Primary Care Setting. AANP