Mission and Philosophy



The mission of Arapahoe Community College, Department of Nursing is to advance professional nursing practice by delivering high quality, accessible education which prepares learners to meet complex health and wellness needs of diverse clients and communities.


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:

  • Life-long Learning – Nursing practice is constantly evolving and information technologies are ever changing, the ability to adapt and grow professionally is essential.
  • Respect for Differences – Everyone is shaped and influenced by unique life experiences. Diversity enriches the environments in which we live, work and learn.
  • Culture of Caring – Compassionate, culturally competent care better serves clients and communities and supports a holistic, patient-centered focus.
  • Integrity – Honesty, ethical practice, respect and personal accountability in all interactions, personal, professional and academic.
  • Quality – Promoting a culture of inquiry and a mindset of continual quality improvement advances safe, evidence-based practice through the science of nursing.
  • Community – Fostering partnerships, teamwork and respectful communication with multiple disciplines as a collaborator and manager of care needs across the healthcare continuum.

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.