Bobby Lucia

Bobby Lucia

Assistant Professor

    Bradley Hall 486
    (309) 677-2532


DNP, Bradley University, Family Nurse Practitioner
M.A., Bradley University, Clinical Mental Health
BSN, Methodist College, Second Degree BSN
B.A., Bradley University, Secondary Education-Social Studies


Dr. Lucia is a three-time Bradley University graduate receiving his Undergraduate Degree in 2008, his Masters in 2011, and his Doctorate in 2019. All three of his degrees were from the College of Education and Health Sciences. Dr. Lucia started his career at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in 2010 as a mental health provider in Pediatric Palliative Care. He worked closely with patients with devastating diagnoses companioning them through their end-of-life journey. In 2015, he joined the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at OSF Healthcare as inpatient clinical coordinator. This innovate role was created to help manage the inpatient consult service for cystic fibrosis patients in both the pediatric and adult setting. This unique RN role utilized the full nursing scope of practice and the work Dr. Lucia did to reduce 30-day readmission rates was published nationally. In 2019, Dr. Lucia moved into clinical practice in OSF OnCall Urgent Care and eventually was the Lead Provider for the region before transitioning over to Bradley University. Dr. Lucia continues to maintain clinical practice in the urgent care setting in addition to a Pediatric Sleep Medicine clinic at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. Dr. Lucia is passionate about healthcare leadership and has received training at Harvard University in both Foundational Leadership and Remote Leadership. Additionally, he received training from the University of South Florida in Inclusive and Ethical Leadership.


I enjoy cooking (my wife is an excellent cook, so I try to keep up with her), traveling, hiking, exercise and rebuilding old computers. 


Dr. Lucia has been teaching in higher education in some capacity since 2012 and has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate settings. Undergraduate course taught include nursing ethics, pharmacology, palliative care, health assessment, small group dynamics, and conflict resolution. Graduate courses include advanced pathophysiology, research methods, statistics, human growth and development, psychophamacology, and FNP pediatric clinical courses. His current focus is in teaching evidence based practice, healthcare policy, informatics, and the DNP capstone project courses.


Recent Publications

Cousins, D., Brady, M., Klein, C., Lucia, R., & Bartel, A. (2022). Use of the Self-Collected Vaginal Swab in the Urgent Care Settings.  DNP Project Repository.

Lucia, R. (2020). Neonatal Immunizations: Where We Are Today and Where We Might Go. ACTA Scientific Pediatrics.

Lucia, R. (2019). Teach Don’t Preach. Editorial. ACTA Scientific Paediatrics. Volume 2, Issue 1.

Lucia, R., Simmons, D., Saving, K. (2018). Sickle Cell Education for Medical Professionals: A Pre and Post Test Analysis. Blood Journal. Vol 132, No 5812. Supplement 1.

Lucia, R. (2018). Doctoral Capstone: Developing Pediatric Pulmonology Infection Control Guidelines. DNP Project Repository.

Incorporating a Culture of Research into a Cystic Fibrosis Clinic.  2018. Journal of Pediatric Pulmonology. Supplement 48.     

Use of RN Clinical Coordinator to Reduce 30 Day Readmission Rate and Cost. 2016. Journal of Pediatric Pulmonology. Supplement 45.

Thoracic-Region Pain upon Initiation and Withdrawal of Lumacaftor-Ivacaftor: A Report of 3 Patient Cases. 2016. J Pediatr Neonatal Care 5(2): 00173. DOI: 10.15406/jonc.2016.05.00173

Benefits of Early Integration of Palliative Care Across the Continuum in the Care of Children with Solid Tumors. 2015. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Vol 33, No 15.

Early Introduction of Palliative Care for Children with Solid Tumors. 2014. American Society of Clinical Oncology. 2nd Place in International Palliative Care Research.

Intraperitoneal Bleomycin to Relieve Distressing Symptoms in Sacromatosis-Related Malignant Ascites in a Child. 2013. International Palliative Care Network. 3rd Place in International Palliative Care Research.

Journey to Independence: A Qualitative Needs Assessment for Transition in Cystic Fibrosis. 2015. Pediatric Pulmonology. Supplement 41, 2015.

Superhero or Villain: Changing Perceptions about Gastrostomy Tubes in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis. 2012. Pediatric Pulmonology. Supplement 35, 2012.


Asthma Updates 2021 (5/22). School Nurses Conference, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Asthma Updates 2021. (3/22). Primary Care Conference, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Telemedicine and COVID 19. (10/21). Navigating COVID 19 in Central Illinois, Peoria, IL

Fitting It All In: Education In A Busy Clinic or Hospital Admission. (10/19). North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Phoenix, AZ

Multidisciplinary Care Made Easy. (5/19). EPIC’s 2019 XGM Conference, Madison, WI

Complex Inpatient Challenges. (10/18). 32nd Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Denver, CO

Quality Improvement for Urea Adherence in Kids with Sickle Cell Disease. (05/17). Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Use of RN Clinical Coordinator to Reduce 30 Day Readmission Rate and Cost. (10/16). 30th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Orlando, FL

Journey to Independence: A Qualitative Needs Assessment for Transition in Cystic Fibrosis. (10/15).       29th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Phoenix, AZ


I am a founding brother of the Kappa Upsilon chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at Bradley University and currently am the Alumni Advisor. I am also an alumni board member at Methodist College. Finally, I sit on the Editorial Board for the journal ACTA Scientific Pediatrics.

Licensures and Certifications

  • State of Illinois, Secondary Education Teaching Certificate
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • Registered Professional Nurse
  • Advanced Practice Nurse- Full Practice Authority
  • ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner