Objectives, Outcomes, Mission, Philosophy

Department of Nursing Program Objectives

  • Picture of student working in simulation labOffer a nationally accredited Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing.
  • Enhance higher order thinking, communication, research, and therapeutic interventions in the practice of professional nursing.
  • Promote distance learning activities for personal and professional development.
  • Furnish a foundation for management and leadership roles in nursing.
  • Prepare graduates to use Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice in a variety of settings.
  • Provide a foundation for graduate education studies in nursing.
  • Promote empathy for the values and perspectives of diverse cultures including an awareness of international and multicultural influences in nursing.

Graduate Outcomes - Upon Completion of the program the graduate will:

  • Apply the Neuman systems model in the promotion of the person's optimal systems stability.
  • Promote health by empowering the person through health education.
  • Provide self-directed contemporary health care through application of the nursing process.
  • Practice within the professional standards of care.
  • Use current technologies in providing culturally sensitive care through primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
  • Manage health care delivery through coordination, collaboration, and delegation.
  • Integrate communication strategies in interacting with the person.
  • Apply nursing and health related research to nursing practice.

Mission Statement

Picture of student training in the simulation labThe Department of Nursing will:

  • Provide contemporary nursing education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.Improve healthcare in culturally diverse local and global communities through excellence in nursing education, practice, and service.



Each person is a unique open system interacting with the environment. The person exhibits varying degrees of achievement and potential in the following areas: physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental and spiritual.


Health is viewed on a continuum from wellness to illness. Wellness is equated with optimal system stability resulting from a normal line of defense. Participation by the person is an essential element in improvement, maintenance, and restoration of health.


The environment consists of all internal and external stressors surrounding the person. The relationship between the person and environment is reciprocal and circular in nature.


Nursing is a caring profession in its consideration of all client system variables demonstrating a holistic care approach to client situations. The nurse is sensitive to population and cultural stressors in a rapidly changing global environment.

The nursing process is the methodology of practice and facilitates critical thinking necessary for appropriate nursing action. Primary, secondary and tertiary interventions are used to achieve the person's optimal system stability in the presence of stressors.

Contemporary nursing is demonstrated through the roles of provider of care, client advocate, client educator, consumer of nursing research, leader, manager, and collaborator. The nurse effectively integrates communication strategies in interacting with the person and information systems. The nurse is accountable to practice within established professional standards.


Education is the outcome of an individual's experiences occurring throughout the life cycle and attained through formal and informal activities. The teaching/learning process is a cooperative endeavor, is continuous and results in measurable changes in the learner's behavior.

The role of the learner is to actively participate in the educational process in order for learning to be meaningful and useful. Learning is best achieved in an environment in which the person is accepted and respected.

Baccalaureate nursing education as an integral part of the system of higher learning relies on core courses, which provide an infrastructure for developing critical thinking, decision-making, communication, values and technologies. The role of the faculty is to guide the educational process. This process extends to the practice setting where education of the client occurs.