Dr. Colleen Cole began her career in nursing with an Associate Degree graduating in Nursing from East Tennessee State University in 1986. Following graduation, she began to work in several inpatient and outpatient healthcare areas including critical care, surgery, home health and the emergency room. It was at the Mountain Home Veterans Administration Medical Center that Colleen embraced the desire to return to school while working and raising her children, to pursue further education in nursing. She earned a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (2000) and a Master of Science in Nursing with a family nurse practitioner emphasis (2004) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Colleen received board certification as a family nurse practitioner in 2004, a Master of Business Administration in 2010 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and in 2012, obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Her Capstone project was Back Injury Prevention in Healthcare Workers, 2012. Colleen has received several awards including being presented as a Healthcare Hero from Covenant Health, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Wealth Creators Extraordinaire from the University of Tennessee, 2009. In 2019-2020, she served as the President for the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners and 2020-2022 as the Immediate Past President on the Board of Directors.
For 18 years, Colleen assisted the Knoxville Tennessee AAA organization in the annual Safety Patrol Field Trip to Washington DC. She was responsible for recruiting nurses and physicians, establishing medical guidelines, and providing care for an average of two thousand 5th graders and chaperones during each trip.