Undergraduate Education Philosophy

Approved by Tri-Campus Faculty Vote, 2009

The nursing faculty believes that the purpose of university-based undergraduate nursing education is to prepare professional nurses whose practice is informed by theory and research. The philosophy of the undergraduate curriculum is rooted in values of excellence, diversity, community, social justice, integrity, and creativity. Preparation for the various roles in practice requires knowledge of the arts, sciences, and humanities, together with content and processes specific to the discipline. An interdisciplinary emphasis engages students in a broad range of ideas and knowledge. Ultimately, professional nursing requires a commitment to scholarly inquiry, social equity, advocacy, and life-long learning.

The members of the faculty believe that their teaching styles need to take into account the diverse nature of how students learn. We are a community of learners and scholars—a community that is created in collaboration with students.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum focuses on critical thinking and analysis, communication, and diversity. The baccalaureate degree enables a nurse to assume a leadership role and practice from an evidence base. Graduates collaborate with trans-disciplinary teams in complex organizational systems to improve health care access, cost, and quality. The curriculum prepares graduates to competently work in partnership with individuals, families, communities, and populations to promote health locally and globally.