Program Philosophy


  • Nursing is a scholarly discipline and a creative art that requires rigorous intellectual and ethical engagement with theoretical knowledge derived from the science of nursing, and the liberal arts and the sciences.
  • Nursing practice is informed by multiple ways of knowing and being.
  • Nursing education promotes a spirit of inquiry and a commitment to excellence through reflective practice.
  • Nursing faculty and students comprise a community of learners who actively engage in a process of personal and professional transformation.
  • The goal of nursing is the promotion of health across the continuum of individuals, families, groups and communities while celebrating the richness of diversity.


  • Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, humanities and the sciences to provide rationale for practice as a master’s prepared nurse
  • Integrate leadership concepts, knowledge and skills to provide safe, high-quality care for diverse populations within complex organizational systems.
  • Advocate for relationships that support individual and population health outcomes through interprofessional collaboration.
  • Exemplify a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service.
  • Actualize way of being through multiple ways of knowing to support a culture of excellence in master’s level nursing practice.