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.  The philosophy of Arapahoe Community College’s Nursing Department is based on the following core values:

1.  Caring:  Characterized by genuine, warm, and sensitive providers of nursing care who demonstrate empathy, respect for self and colleagues, and therapeutic communication.

2. Critical Thinking:  Characterized by self-directed providers of nursing care who make decisions based on self-reflection and clinical reasoning within their scope of practice.  These providers are open-minded, thoughtful and appropriately creative when confronted with a variety of challenging situations. 

3.  Holism:  Characterized by non-judgmental providers of nursing care.  They understand, are sensitive to, accept and respect the spirituality, culture and diversity of clients and the communities in which they live.  These providers are restorers and promoters of health for clients across the life span and demonstrate cultural competence.

4.  Nursing Role Development:  Characterized by responsible providers of nursing care who exemplify ethical and moral nursing practice. These providers are client advocates who exert assertive behaviors when necessary.  They demonstrate adaptability and flexibility in the dynamic health care environment and are productive team members.  At all times, they demonstrate the image and presence of a nurse who is committed to the core values of the art and science of nursing.  They are lifelong learners and dedicated to continuing their education.

5.  Safe Practice:  Characterized by responsible providers of nursing care who demonstrate clinical excellence and safe, quality care. These providers practice legally and ethically to achieve positive client outcomes. They value the knowledge gained from other disciplines and apply it through the nursing process to make and evaluate appropriate and reasoned decisions, supporting safe practice.

6.  Information Management and Technology:  Characterized by demonstration and understanding of data collection tools such as the medical record, shift report, and electronic infusion devices.  These providers value the use of electronic devices, and utilize a variety of information sources such as online databases, hand-held computers, and professional journals to enhance the outcomes and efficiency of client care and safety.

Nursing Program Outcomes

  • ACC’s most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first time test takers.
  • 80% of graduates will have employment as an RN within twelve months of graduation.
  • 80% of graduates who respond will agree they are satisfied with Arapahoe Community College Nursing Program on the Graduate Employment and Follow-up Survey.  80% of qualitative data 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.
  • 80% of students will complete their program within 12 months of the projected completion date.

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.