Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Nellie McKenzie

Education Profile:

Registered Pharmacist Licensure, CA
PharmD, Loma Linda University, CA
MS, Cell & Molecular Biology, UCR/Cal State SBDo, CA
BSN, Loma Linda University, CA
Registered Nurse Licensure, CA, MD
BS, Biology Atlantic Union College, MA


Raised in Cuba where she received her elementary and secondary education, Dr. McKenzie has taught at Andrews University and Southwestern Michigan Community College in Michigan, Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College, California State University in San Bernardino and Loma Linda University in California before coming to Washington Adventist University (WAU). She is a Board Certified Registered nurse and pharmacist with 10 years experience in nursing practice and 5 years experience as a pharmacist with Walgreens. Currently she teaches Pharmacology in the Edyth T. James Department of Nursing and Anatomy & Physiology in the Department of Biology at Washington Adventist University.

Research and Professional Activities:

Her research has been focused in the “Role of Protein Synthesis in Development using the Purple Sea Urchins as a Model” She has also collaborated in clinical research in the acute care setting to determine the “Medication use for CHF exacerbation in the acute setting.” (submitted for publication 2013)
Dr. McKenzie is currently exploring collaborative research opportunities with PepVax, Inc ( a biotechnology company in Bethesda, MD that develops peptide vaccine candidates for cancer treatment.
She is a member of the following professional associations: APhA (, Rho Chi Society (, Sigma Theta Tau International ( and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.