The philosophy of the nursing program is a belief system held by faculty regarding the person, environment, health, nursing education, associate degree nurse, and nursing. These defining concepts are interrelated and exist in a dynamic relationship.                                                                                            

Person comprises each human as being of intrinsic worth and dignity, a unified whole, possessing an interrelatedness of experiences derived from biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual needs in response to the environment. Persons maintain capacity and responsibility to determine health care needs plus influence the state of wellness by increasing knowledge and altering behaviors. 

ENVIRONMENT refers to all internal plus external factors and processes continually interacting and/or affecting the person. 

HEALTH involves a dynamic process of adaptation as the person acts and interacts to physical, emotional, and spiritual stressors in the internal and external environment to achieve and maintain optimum wellness.  

NURSING EDUCATION encompasses persons who are self-motivated, goal-directed, and view learning experiences of the program as a means of obtaining new and emerging knowledge related to health care. Learning becomes an ongoing process, progressive, cumulative, and evidenced by behavioral change. As nursing is an applied discipline, the nursing student assimilates and acts on information from the humanities, psychosocial, physical, and nursing sciences in the care of persons. The Department of Nursing believes students own the responsibility for learning. Responsibilities of the instructor includes: providing an environment and experience to promote learning and goal achievement; integrating opportunities for application of knowledge and development of skills; and exposing students to dynamic learning experiences directed toward growth of independent thought, core competencies, and critical thinking. 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSE describes a nursing generalist whose practice encompasses roles of care provider, coordinator/manager of care, and member of a comprehensive health care team. As a healthcare provider, the associate degree nurse delivers direct, culturally sensitive, safe nursing care to individuals with immediate health alterations with consideration and respect towards the relationship(s), and role(s) within a family, a group, and a community. The associate degree nurse, as manager, coordinates care for groups of patients in acute, intermediate, and long-term care settings. Collaboration, organization, delegation, accountability, advocacy, and respect for other health care workers characterize this role. As a member of the comprehensive healthcare team, the associate degree nurse adheres to and fosters professional codes of conduct. The associate degree nurse demonstrates commitment to professional growth, continuous learning, and self-development. 

NURSING encompasses a process of applying research-based empirical, scientific and intuitive knowledge and skills implemented to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining optimal wellness through the nursing process.