Kathleen Carlsen, M.S., P.A.-C
Assistant Clinical Professor
Kathleen Carlsen is an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. As a clinician educator, Carlsen precepts and mentors physician assistant students in the UC Davis Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, where she also provides care for patients.
A certified physician assistant, Carlsen has been in practice since 2017 and has worked in health care since 2011. Her recent work as an adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University and precepting students in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, led her to pursue a role in teaching to apply evidence-based practice to prepare future providers.
Her health care career launched when she served as an emergency department scribe at a busy level II trauma center in San Jose, California, while completing her undergraduate degree. From there, she became an emergency medical technician in the greater Bay Area of California before leaving for physician assistant training. Upon graduation, Carlsen became the first newly graduated physician assistant to join the Washington University Anesthesiology Department Critical Care team at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She spent more than five years working in several ICUs across multiple hospitals within the Barnes Jewish Hospital network.
Carlsen earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. She has also been published for her role in “Improving Information Transfer during Intensive Care-to-Floor Transfer.” Carlsen is affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She has also received multiple awards from Washington University during her time as an ICU physician assistant at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
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