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Cathy Hartt

Instructor of Nursing

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Montrose Campus



DNP (anticipated), Frontier Nursing University
MS, University of Utah
BSN, Colorado Mesa University
ADN, Colorado Mesa University
AA, Colorado Mesa University


Cathy Hartt grew up in rural Colorado and graduated from high school in Santa Barbara, Calif. She returned to Colorado to attend CMU. After graduation from the graphic communications program, Hartt married and had two daughters. She returned to school for her ADN a few years later. Her love was obstetrics, and she became a Lamaze instructor about that same time. Hartt's bachelor's degree in nursing came a few years later and was immediately followed by attaining a master's degree in nursing (nurse-midwifery) from the University of Utah. 

She has practiced as a nurse-midwife in Grand Junction; Montrose; Aurora, Colo.; Boulder, Colo.; Galveston, Texas and Phoenix, Ariz. In 2004, she took a course in positive psychology from Martin Seligman, PhD, which has opened many doors and is her area of focus for her doctoral project. In 2005, Hartt left clinical practice to become the first coordinator for the CMU Montrose Campus' AAS nursing program. In 2010, she worked as a nurse-practitioner for Montrose County, returning to CMU to become the Medical Office Assisting program director the following year.

Hartt's teaching follows the theory of positive education, which posits that positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment can be honed to empower students to succeed. "Grit is another evidence-based educational theory that is focused on nurturing success through perseverance and passion in academia," Hartt said. Her favorite methodology is collaborative learning and her teaching philosophy is based on these two constructs.

Hartt has two daughters, three grandchildren, several cats and a dog. I love to hike and garden.