Derek Holt, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ENP-BC, is an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Nursing. Dr. Holt specializes in family and emergency medicine. A graduate of Vero Beach (Florida) High School, Holt received his BSN [cum laude] in 2003 from Alcorn State University (ASU). While at ASU he was named Undergraduate of the Year in 2001. He began his career as a registered nurse in various medical/surgical specialties at UMMC in 2003 and earned his MSN and postgraduate certificate with highest distinction from ASU in 2006. Holt obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with superior academic performance in 2012.
He has worked in the Department of Emergency Medicine for over 13 years and served as the lead practitioner. He has been faculty at UMMC School of Nursing since 2015. He is the current program director of the UMMC School of Nursing’s Family Nurse Practitioner track. Dr. Holt has served as a content expert panelist for American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification. He also has experience as an expert legal nurse consultant. Dr. Holt has published articles in academic journals and has presented podium presentations on various healthcare topics. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Nurses Foundation; he is a fellow in the Dean’s Emerging Academic Leaders Fellowship Program; he recently received the 2022 State Award for Excellence presented by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners; and was selected to participate in the 2023-2024 cohort of the American Associations of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN’s) Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) fellowship.