B.S., M.H.S., Western Carolina University; Ph.D., Rush University


Dr. Kaplan is an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services. She has been involved in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for 21 years as both a credentialed Paramedic and Level II Paramedic Instructor. She has spent 17 years as a Program Director, Division Chair, or Department Head and has been recognized for her contribution to the EMS profession as a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services (FAEMS) through the National Association of EMS Physicians. She has won several national and international awards, including National EMS Educator of the Year and the global EMS10 Award for innovation in the field of EMS. Ginny holds an Associate of Applied Science in Sign Language Interpreting from Wilson Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care with a concentration in EMS management, a Master of Health Science in EMS education (both from Western Carolina University), and a Ph.D. in Health Science with a concentration in Respiratory Care from Rush University. Dr. Kaplan is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals; serves as Executive Director of the Foundation for Prehospital Medicine Research; and is passionate about research, innovation, and student mentoring. She is also the Vice Chair of the North Carolina Association of EMS Educators. Her specific research interests include defining predictors and profiling traumatic stress syndromes in EMS personnel.