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.


  • demonstrate a philosophy of nursing that is holistic, compassionate and sensitive to culture, race and ethnic diversity in health practices
  • synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and the human and natural sciences to provide rationale for advanced practice nursing
  • demonstrate the ability to analyze implications of legal and ethical accountability of the advanced practice nurse
  • assume ethical accountability for the quality of one’s own advanced practice
  • engage in scholarly inquiry to improve nursing education and practice, provide quality health care and initiate change
  • prepare to function in the role of the advanced practice nurse upon graduation to serve as leader/change agent in advancing the practice of nursing and nursing education to achieve desired outcomes
  • formulate a commitment to continued professional development and lifelong learning in the pursuit of excellence in the advanced practice role