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Associate Degree in Nursing Philosophy, Mission, Vision and End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes


Students, faculty, and staff of the nursing program interact in teaching and learning processes that empower students to build upon an assimilation of nursing knowledge, scholarship, and skills that lead to the provision of competent and compassionate multicultural nursing care. The philosophy of the Nursing Program is exemplified through the Mission, Vision, Program Outcomes, and Theoretical Framework upon which the entire program is based.

Mission Statement

The Pierce College Associate Degree Nursing program forms a community of learners committed to the discipline of nursing. Our specialized community is built on a foundation of respect and openness to change. Together, we strive to meet the needs of our diverse community for qualified registered nurses and develop each nursing student’s abilities in nursing. Our commitment to quality nursing education and teaching excellence prepares learners to live and work successfully as registered nurses in an ever-changing health-care environment.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to promote a multicultural, humanistic nursing program that provides excellence in nursing education through scholarship of teaching and learning.

Graduate End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

The end-of-program student outcomes (EPSLOs) help faculty and students ensure that students are ready for work at the bedside, in the clinic or in the community. These EPSLOs are what help guide faculty to deliver curriculum that makes you competent to take care of your patients and pass your NCLEX-RN. These are utilized by faculty to create evaluative measures by which they can assess all students during and at the end of the program to ensure the graduate is ready to safely take care of patients. With permission, our EPSLOs are the QSEN Competencies.

    • Definition: Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
    • Definition: Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
    • Definition: Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
    • Definition: Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
  • SAFETY (S)
    • Definition: Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
    • Definition: Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.