Ryan O'Malley

Ryan O'Malley

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


For more than eight years, Professor O’Malley had the privilege to work in multiple areas of critical care, including on the intensive care unit, the cardiac care unit, and the cardiac surgery unit. He has worked in community hospitals and large teaching facilities, and his certifications include critical care nursing (CCRN), cardiac medicine (CMC), and clinical nurse leader (CNL).

Professor O’Malley also works as a nationally certified adult nurse practitioner, and currently specializes in interventional pain management. Pain management has taught him empathy, but also has exposed him to the opioid epidemic in the United States. His passion and doctoral project each center around safer pain management practices and reducing opioid addiction (termed opioid use disorder).

His main interest is teaching pathology, healthcare informatics, and medical-surgical nursing to the next generation of nurses.


  • Ambulatory medicine
  • Critical Care medicine
  • Internal medicine

Research Areas

  • Opioid use disorder
  • Pain management
  • Critical care nursing
  • Medical-surgical nursing
  • Vulnerable populations


  • Member of the Simulation Committee


  • University of Alabama, DNP, 2020
  • California State University, Long Beach, MSN NP 2015
  • California State University, Fullerton BSN with a minor in Spanish 2011
  • Los Angeles Valley College, AA in Spanish 2009

Prior Experience

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Critical Care RN

Awards & Distinctions

  • Outstanding Professor Beyond the Hilltop Award, 2021