Learning is a continuous, life-long process that occurs at any developmental level and ideally is evidenced by a consistent change in behavior. Students bring to the learning environment previous life experiences that influence attitudes and motivation to learn. To facilitate learning, faculty serve as teachers, resources, mentors and professional role models for students. Faculty use a variety of teaching-learning strategies to facilitate the students’ practices of professional and advanced nursing.

The goal of nursing education is to assist students to think critically, problem solve creatively and practice nursing from a caring perspective. This education integrates concepts, principles and theories from nursing and the related arts, sciences and humanities. Nursing students are empowered to assist clients to meet their health care needs and accomplish developmental tasks.

An expected outcome of nursing education is the socialization of graduates into professional nursing roles. Undergraduate nursing students are prepared to function as generalists in diverse roles, in a variety of settings, using cultural sensitivity, standards of practice and professional guidelines. Graduate nursing students develop expertise in advanced nursing roles to meet the health and educational needs of patients and their profession.