• Title:
    Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Department:
    Nursing and Health Professions

Marcy Ainslie, Ed.D., FNP, APRN



After graduating from Boston College with a B.A., Dr. Marcy Ainslie joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and moved to Yakima, WA.  In Yakima, she developed and implemented an after-school program for migrant farm families.

San Francisco, CA allowed her a place to work as a physical therapy aide while preparing for nursing school. Columbia University provided the knowledge and training as a Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. Nursing in an urban emergency medicine provided a strong foundation to spring into advanced practice.

With a fluency in Spanish from her BA degree, Dr. Ainslie worked in predominantly Spanish speaking, all-endocrine practice in an area hospital before moving to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University. Following the birth of her second child, Dr. Ainslie settled in New Hampshire and worked in family practice in Peterborough, NH for 10 years.

Joining the FNP faculty at Rivier University in the fall of 2011 created a desire for understanding effective teaching strategies.  This drive motivated her through her successful completion of a Doctorate in Education from Plymouth State University and a published dissertation titled, Competency Based Clinical Education for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.


  • Ed.D., Plymouth State University
  • M.S., Columbia University
  • B.S., Columbia University
  • B.A., Boston College

Academic Philosophy

“I believe the adult learner is motivated to move her knowledge and skill to a new level.  As a professor, I believe my role is to mentor and guide students through their learning experience. My goal is to ensure students seek out and synthesize a diverse field of resources in order to achieve their own excellence.  By maintaining high standards and expectations across the curriculum while supporting individual student success, Rivier will engender the leaders in nursing for years to come.”


  • Family practice
  • Endocrinology
  • Urgent Care / Emergency medicine
  • Medication-Assisted Recovery / Addiction Medicine