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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 the complex health and wellness needs of diverse clients and communities.


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.