Dr. John Abdirkin
Full Professor of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Director, BSN Nursing Degree Program
MD, University of Bologna (Italy); BS, Syracuse University
Phone: 305-628-6503
Office: Carnival Building, Room 123

With over twenty years of instructional and administrative experience at St. Thomas University and Broward College, John Abdirkin is recognized for teaching excellence based on meticulous preparation and talent for translating complicated scientific information into elements easy to understand and apply. Dr. Abdirkin initiated, developed and launched the university’s first Nursing Program in partnership with the University of Miami. He directed the program for over ten years serving as liaison and adviser between the universities joint venture leading to a BSN degree. He is also credited in playing a key role in acquiring a $1.5 million endowment to fund Nursing scholarships, which allowed over 45 students to earn BSN degrees, and who are now serving the community’s healthcare needs. Currently he is involved with the new BSN and MSN degree programs being promoted at STU. Certified in On-line education and studies in applying technology in the classroom, Dr. Abdirkin developed and teaches six distance learning courses for both STU and Hot Chalk in addition to several other on-site courses. He has researched and produced 11 instructional manuals, two of which are published and used at the university. Ten years abroad contribute to multi-cultural sensitivity and the ability to relate to individuals of diverse experiential backgrounds. During his tenure at STU, Dr. Abdirkin has actively participated in a myriad of projects including the Summer Research Institute, the Title V Transformational Leadership Grant and, he serves on numerous committees. Dr. Abdirkin currently teaches, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, and Medication Calculations. In addition he teaches General Biology and Bioregions to non-majors for the general education requirements in the Natural Sciences.

  • Abdirkin, J. (2014). Almost Painless Biology (6th ed.). Carrollton, TX: Hewell Publishing.
  • Borkowski, N., Abdirkin, J., and Song, S. Can a Multi-faceted Short-term Health Promotion Program be Effective in Engaging and Retaining Elderly Adults in Health Promotion Activities? Academy Health’s 2007 Annual Research Meeting, June 3 – 8, 2007.
  • Abdirkin, J. (2006). Chemistry with Ease (5th ed.) Denton, TX: RonJon Publishing, Inc.