Nursing Education


It is the mission of the Nursing Education program to:

  1. Transform the lives of nursing students to fulfill the increasingly complex role of entry-level professional nurses in the provision of safe, compassionate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based, ethically-grounded, and client-centered care;
  2. Promote the well-being of a diverse patient population in the evolving healthcare environments of the communities we serve;
  3. Facilitate academic progression of our students to the baccalaureate level and beyond to meet the healthcare needs of our communities, state, and nation.

This mission is accomplished in our nursing students, patient populations, and nursing profession by:

  1. Providing a supportive, engaging, and progressive learning environment which fosters:
    1. professional integrity, leadership, a spirit of inquiry and scholarship, collaborative practice, and a commitment to community service
    2. development into the culture and profession of nursing through adoption of its values, standards, and codes of conduct, and by positive role-modeling of professional behaviors;
  2. Preparing well-qualified graduates to meet the needs of a diverse patient population;
  3. Collaborating with our community and educational partners.

Nursing Program Vision

The Nursing Education program will ennoble the lives of our students and the profession of nursing in the communities we serve

Program Outcomes

  1. The program's three-year mean for licensure pass rate will be at or above the national mean for the same three year period.
  2. Seventy percent (70%) or more of students will earn an Associate level degree in nursing within three years of enrollment in the first nursing course (150% of the stated nursing program length).
  3. Graduates will rate overall program satisfaction at average or above (>2.5) on a 1-4 point scale.
  4. Employers of the nursing program graduates will rate preparation of graduates at average or above (>2.5) on a 1-4 point scale.
  5. Ninety percent (90%) of the Nursing graduates will be employed in nursing and/or enrolled in a bachelor's degree program six months after graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate research/nursing science, current standards of practice, clinical expertise, and patient preferences to formulate sound nursing judgments.
  • Plan and provide safe, holistic nursing care that is individualized to address patients' diverse preferences, values and needs, and respects their capacity as a full partner with shared decision making.
  • Effectively use interpersonal communication and management/leadership principles when collaborating with health care team members to promote optimal health outcomes and minimize risk of harm.
  • Use technology to manage and communicate information, enhance patient safety, and support decision-making within professional, ethical, and legal standards.
  • Continuously improve the quality, value, and safety of patient care and health care systems by using data and improvement methods to implement and evaluate changes.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors that are consistent with moral/ethical and legal principles, that adhere to regulatory guidelines and standard-based care, and which promote the profession of nursing.