- 2003, Ph.D. (Nursing Research), University of Illinois at Chicago
- 1997, M.S.N., Governor's State University
- 1978, B.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
- 1976, B.A. (Zoology), Olivet Nazarene University
Deborah Kuhn Bruley is the MSN Coordinator for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies and an Associate Professor of Nursing in the School of Professional Studies. Dr. Bruley graduated from Olivet Nazarene College (now University) in both 1976 and 1978 with bachelor's degrees in Zoology (minor - Psychology) and Nursing respectively. She received her MSN in 1997, with a focus in Gerontology and Nursing Education. She received her PhD in Nursing Science - focusing on Gerontology, Palliative Care, and Ethics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003. Her graduate education was supported with various scholarships, traineeship grants, and pre-doctoral fellowships from the American Cancer Society and the National Institute for Nursing Research.
Dr. Bruley has over 15 years of experience in medical-surgical nursing in the hospital setting. Her educational focus has been undergraduate Nursing Research, Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Community Health Nursing; and graduate level Nursing Research, Nursing Theory and Philosophy, and Epidemiology.
On a personal level, Dr. Bruley has been married to James for 39 years. They are the parents of two grown daughters. Dr. Bruley and her husband are very thankful for not only their two daughters, but their two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren (four granddaughters and one grandson, ranging in age from one year to 6 years). Dr. Bruley and her husband enjoy traveling to the various coasts of the United States and visiting National Parks.