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Undergraduate Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Based on the vision and mission statements of the Department, the following program goals have been identified. The program goals of the nursing program are to:


  • Integrate best practices in nursing education to promote student success.
  • Prepare graduates to provide safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care that reflects ethical clinical judgement and inter-professional collaboration.
  • Participate in the delivery of care within a variety of environments with the goal of reducing health disparities.
  • Use the latest technological innovations to enhance access to our programs.
  • Offer innovative programs of study that are responsive to the changes in the health care environment.
  • Cultivate in students an intellectual desire for advances study and inquiry.
  • Contribute to the profession of nursing by engaging in leadership, scholarship, and practice activities.


Based on the program's vision, mission, and philosophy and the standards set forth by the professional organization, the faculty has identified the following end-of-program student learning outcomes:


  • Incorporates theoretical concepts and foundational knowledge from liberal education to guide nursing practice.
  • Integrate current best evidence and professional standards into nursing practice with consideration of clinical expertise and patient preferences and values.
  • Apply leadership and management principles to achieve quality and safety outcomes.
  • Demonstrate responsiveness to the larger context of the healthcare system regarding regulatory, financial, and political factors that influence the quality and value of care.
  • Function effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams to foster open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and shared decision-making.
  • Provide patient-centered care that recognizes individual and/or family preferences, values, and needs, respecting patients and families as full partners in care.
  • Promote individual and population health, wellness, and disease prevention at the global/local level.
  • Use information and technology to provide care, communicate, educate, manage knowledge, prevent error, and make critical decisions that optimize patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with social justice, legal and ethical accountability, and professional codes and standards.
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, providers, and the public through continuous improvement in both system effectiveness and individual performance.