Cynthia Mote Elliott

Cynthia Mote Elliott , DNP, MSN, FNP-C

Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing

I started working toward my nursing career goals after graduating high school. in 1981.  I worked full time while pursuing my education and graduated from Pima Community College in 1984 with an Associate Degree in Nursing, taking boards in 1985.   I began working as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary's Hospital, where I gained 24 years of experience in multiple areas of patient care.  The areas of my experience include:  Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Intensive Care, Emergency Room, Respiratory, Burn Unit, Plastic Surgery, Pre-operative Care, Operating Room, and Recovery Room.  While continuing to work at the hospital, I also worked for an ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgeon doing pre-operative work-ups with complete history and physicals, post-operative care, and follow-up care.  I worked in the ENT office x 10 years. During this time, I took several courses in American Sign Language and became fluent in the language.  I went back to school to obtain my Bacheloriate degree in Nursing and continued on with Master's degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner, driving to Phoenix from Tucson 2 days per week x 3 years.  I continued to work part time, being a wife, and, at the time, the mother of 3 teen aged boys.  I obtained my BSN, MSN, and FNP degrees from Grand Canyon University.  I started a private family practice in March of 2009, caring for patients from birth through the lifespan.  In 2013, I was inducted into the GCU Hall of Fame and shortly afterwards, began teaching for the GCU NP program.  After the first year of teaching, I decided to go back to school yet again for the DNP program.  I graduated, finishing my doctoral project "Deaf Patient Having Difficulty Accessing Health care sue to Communication Barriers" February of 2016.  Fall of 2016, I began my teaching career with University of Arizona College of Nursing.     

I have been a resident in the Tucson area since 1970, when I was 7 years old.  I have been involved in serving the community through outreach events along with my church and other organizations over my 35 years in health care.  Besides being involved in local community service, I have traveled to Honduras (with my church) and Guatemala (with Health Talents International) to volunteer my time to mobile clinics and surgery clinics, in order to care for patients in remote locations who have no health care.  In Jan 2014, I started a medical mission trip to Costa Rica Santa Elena Coffee farm to care for the migrant workers as they work in the fields.  I have spent the last 38 years educating people about general health and exercise, teaching community classes for local fitness gyms, and assisting my colleagues with fitness goals through employee wellness programs.  I have been involved in ministry through my church for over 30 years and am currently using my DNP & FNP degrees to care for people within the local Tucson and surrounding communities.

I love teaching and helping to raise up Nurse Practitioners who will care for their patients with excellence and dignity.  I am here to help in any way I possible can!

I look forward to knowing you and working with you all to obtain your degrees and become excellent providers!


Dr. Cynthia Elliott, DNP, FNPC