The graduate nursing programs build upon a baccalaureate nursing education. Faculty believe that nursing is a profession that is responsive to the changing health care needs of individuals and is exclusively supported by an expanding body of knowledge. Faculty expect graduate students to expand their understanding of health, environment, person, and nursing roles.
Faculty believe that development of critical thinking, communication, clinical skills, clinical judgment, and self-direction are essential elements in graduate nursing education. Faculty seek to promote awareness of social, cultural, and ethnic diversity, believing it enriches professional growth and development. Faculty believe collaborative education promotes progressive mastery and increased learner maturity. Faculty promote accountability for lifelong learning, professional growth, competent practice, and effective leadership.