Kitty Hernlen

Program Director

Kitty Hernlen

Program Director

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Clinical and Digital Health Sciences


Kitty Hernlen is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Health Services program.She has been with the AU for 18 years. She has been a respiratory therapist for 34 years. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Augusta University in 1991, her MBA from Brenau University in 1996 and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. at Augusta University. Her educational interests are online education, flipped classroom management and technology in education. Her research focus is asthma and Indoor Air Quality in schools. She involved in the community, particularly with the Augusta Area Asthma Camp, where she has served as the camp director for the past six years, and providing education about asthma to parents, teachers, and school nurses.

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  • MBA, Business Admin and Mgmt, Gener Brenau University, 1996

  • BBA, Business Admin and Mgmt, Gener Augusta State University, 1991


  • NBRC National Board for Resp Care, 1989

  • Respiratory Care License Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners, 2016

  • RCP Comp State Board Med Examiners, 1987

  • RSP Comp State Board Med Examiners, 1987

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Member for College of Allied Health Science 2016 Augusta University Faculty Senate, 2016

  • Fellow 2014-2015 CAHS Dean’s Leadership Fellowship , 2015

  • IAQ Collaborative Design Challenge School District Award EPA, 2011

  • MCG Chapter Alpha Eta Alpha Eta Society, 2007

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • RTHP 3601

    Community & Public Health
  • BSHS 3200

    Issue and Challenges in Health
  • RTHP 4601

    Professional & Ethical Issues
  • CAHS 3610

    Ethics for Health Professional
  • BSHS 3100

    Seminar in Health Services
  • CAHS 3660

    US Healthcare Delivery System

Teaching Interests

Online education, flipped class management and technology in education


Selected Recent Publications

  • A Comparison of Exam Questions Categorized by Level of Critical Thinking in a Traditional and Flipped Classroom, 2017
  • The Doctor Says Its Asthma- Can We Keep Our Pets? , 2017
  • “Dad the Coach Won’t Let Me Play!” , 2015
    Magazine/Trade Publication
  • An Evaluation of the Peak Performance USA Asthma Education Program, 2012
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Implementation of an In-School Education Program for Children with Asthma Developed by Respiratory Therapy Students, 2012
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Online education, indoor air quality, asthma

Department Service

  • Augusta Technical College Advisory Board 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Program Director- BS Completion Degree Respiratory Therapy 2013 - 2016

  • Director of Admissions for Respiratory Therapy Programs 2002 - 2016

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Augusta University Undergraduate Preview Day 2016

    Role: Student Placement
  • Grovetown High School HOSA 2016

    Role: Student Placement

College Service

  • CAHS Award Committee 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CAHS Promotion and Tenure Committee 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • B.S in Health Services Proposal Committee 2013 - 2017

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Environmental Health Faculty Search Committee 2017 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • • Health Informatics Administration Curriculum Revision Committee 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Augusta University Community Service Committee 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • • FAST (Faculty Advising for Students in Transition) 2013- present 2013 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Augusta Area Asthma Camp 2012 - Present

    Role: Director
  • American Association for Respiratory Care 1995 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Georgia Society for Respiratory Care 1995 - Present

    Role: Member
  • American Lung Association 2002 - 2017

    Role: Member
  • Lung Health Network 2006 - 2010

    Role: Member

Public Service

  • Art Hardy Golf Tournament 2008 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CSRA Asthma Awareness Coalition 2006 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Harlem High HOSA 2017

    Role: Discussant
  • St. Teresa Health Fair 2016

  • Augusta University Undergraduate Preview Day 2016

    Role: Discussant