Mission and Philosophy



The mission of Arapahoe Community College, Department of Nursing is to provide excellent education that prepares the learner to become a member of the nursing profession, meeting the needs of diverse populations.


The philosophy of the nursing faculty is in harmony with and supports the mission statement of Arapahoe Community College. We believe the philosophy is based on concepts related to the individual, environment, health, nursing/nursing practice, professionalism, and teaching/learning.

Each INDIVIDUAL is viewed as a unique, complex, holistic being with biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual dimensions. Individuals have diverse values and beliefs and possess dignity, unconditional worth and the inherent right to assume responsibility for the development of their own potential. As patients in a health care setting, individuals have the right and responsibility to request information about their health and health care.

ENVIRONMENT refers to the context in which nursing occurs, which ranges from the patient’s home to clinical agencies to society as a whole. A patient’s environment is a major determinant of their health/illness status. It can include spiritual, political, legal, ethical, physical, economic, spatial and temporal aspects in which the family, community, or healthcare exists.

HEALTH is a changing state on the wellness-illness continuum that is impacted by stressors in the internal and external environment. Individuals experience ILLNESS when factors in the internal and external environment compromise an individual’s ability to adapt to stressors resulting in disorders in physiological or psychological function.

NURSING/NURSING PRACTICE is a caring profession that is both an art and a science. Nursing is a complex and dynamic process that is scientifically based and requires critical thinking. Nurses use cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills within the parameters of the nursing process to assist the individual experiencing actual and/or potential disorders in function. Nursing is directed toward promoting, maintaining, and restoring health and supporting death with dignity. Nursing practice employs critical thinking to carry out therapeutic and caring interventions and facilitate the nurse-patient relationship.

CARING/THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS are individualized nursing interventions involving compassion, sensitivity, and showing empathy for the patient. Caring interventions require critical thinking, planning, collaboration and therapeutic communication between the patient and nurse.

PROFESSIONALISM requires that the student has a responsibility and an obligation to prepare for the role of registered nurse. Nursing is a scholarly profession that utilizes theories from nursing and other disciplines to guide its practice for the promotion of health, care of the sick, and support of individuals and families in the final stages of life. Students apply the Colorado Nurse Practice Act, the ANA Standards of Care and Code of Ethics to professional practice.

TEACHING/LEARNING concepts are put into practice by faculty to organize and evaluate learning in the classroom and in the clinical settings. Principles of adult learning as well as pedagogy are utilized to support the learning process through the acquisition of knowledge then applying that knowledge to a test question or a simulation or lab experience or in the clinical setting. Students demonstrate principles of teaching/learning throughout their nursing practice. Active learning is encouraged to enhance critical thinking skills and students are encouraged to make a commitment to life-long learning.

Nursing Program Outcomes

  • 80% of students will complete their program within 12 months of the projected completion date.
  • ACC’s three-year mean for the licensure exam pass rate will be at or above the national mean for the same three-year period.
  • 80% of graduates will have employment as an RN within twelve months of graduation as measured on the  graduate survey tool.
  • 80% of graduates will rate the program as average or above average as measured on the student exit evaluation.  80% of comments will be of a positive nature
  • 80% of surveys returned by employers will state satisfaction with graduate preparation for entry level positions 12 months after graduation

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse client populations across the lifespan.
  2. Engage in critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make client centered care decision.
  3. Implement quality measures to improve client care.
  4. Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team, the client, and the client’s support persons.
  5. Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and client care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  6. Provide leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse client populations.
  7. Assimilate professional, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.
  8. Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally-competent care.