Candace C. Harrington, PhD, DNP, MSN, BSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, CNE

Paul R. Clark, Phd, RN, MA

Candace C. Harrington, PhD, DNP, MSN, BSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, CNE

Assistant Professor and Gerontology Professor

Dr. Harrington earned her diploma in nursing in 1982 from Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, her undergraduate degree in nursing from Gardner Webb University in 2002, masters in nursing with adult gerontology concentration from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2005 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Vanderbilt University in 2011. She completed her PhD from East Carolina University in 2018.

Dr. Harrington brings over 30 years of geriatric experience in long term care as well in geriatric clinics.  Her dissertation, “Family Dementia, Caregiver’s Perception of the Virtual Dementia Tour: A Changed reality,” begins to fill a gap in the body of nursing knowledge and research about the value of the Virtual Dementia Tour® with family dementia caregivers in community settings.

From 2015-2018, she was the project coordinator for three arms of the ECU College of Nursing’s $3 million HRSA Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant. Her experience includes the development of a desktop application for complex geriatric assessments. She is a certified Alzheimer Disease and Dementia Care Trainer and certified in Agricultural Medicine and Occupational Safety.

Dr. Harrington will be teaching in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track and other graduate courses. In her role as Gerontology Professor, she will be working with Trilogy, Signature and Elmcroft Health Systems to support research and scholarship related to long term care.


  • PhD, East Carolina University, 2018
  • DNP, Vanderbilt University, 2011
  • MSN, North Carolina Greensboro, 2005
  • BSN, Gardner Webb University, 2002

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