Nursing Department Mission, Vision, and Program Goals


The Nursing Department shares the mission of Adams State. In addition, the mission of the Nursing Department is to prepare individuals for successful integration into the profession of nursing by providing students of nursing with an excellent theory-lead, evidence-based educational program with a focus on professional nursing standards, patient safety, cultural diversity, community service, and rural healthcare.


We envision each and every student who graduates from Adams State Bachelor of Nursing Program will pass the NCLEX-RN exam on the first attempt; that each of our graduates will be highly successful in their chosen area of expertise within the profession of nursing; that each of these graduates will still find themselves happily employed in the profession of nursing when they are ready to retire; and that Adams State will be recognized as the premier baccalaureate nursing program in rural Colorado.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The following program goals are based upon The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008). Faculty strive to facilitate the student learning outcomes throughout the curriculum and upon completion of the BSN program, the graduate will meet the student learning outcomes (SLO) that support the program goals.

1. Provide a Liberal Education for students seeking a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree

  • SLO 1.1: Student will complete general liberal arts education of sciences, arts and culture as a requirement of general education of Adams State University for graduation and the mission of ASU.

2. Provide Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety

  • SLO 2.1: Students will demonstrate knowledge regarding quality assurance and patient safety strategies throughout curriculum.
  • SLO 2.2: Students will apply leadership knowledge to improve quality care and patient safety using inter professional collaboration within practice settings.

3. Provide Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice

  • SLO 3.1: Students will receive evidenced based knowledge within all theory and clinical courses
  • SLO 3.2: Students will research, synthesize and present evidenced based research throughout nursing program
  • SLO 3.3: Students will understand the importance of staying current with evidenced based practice

4. Provide Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology

  • SLO 4.1: Student will analyze and safely implement nursing informatics throughout the curriculum

5. Provide education regarding Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments

  • SLO 5.1: Student will be familiar with current challenges and professionalism within the evolving healthcare environment
  • SLO 5.2: Students will understand health care policy, finance, regulation, scope of practice and advocacy in regards to the nursing practice

6. Provide Inter-professional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes

  • SLO 6.1: Students will identify professional communication strategies for the purpose of acquisition, collaboration, analysis, and dissemination of knowledge within an interdisciplinary health care team
  • SLO 6.2: Student will be able to effectively communicate in verbal, written and electronic formats

7. Provide Clinical Prevention and Population Health Education

  • SLO 7.1: Students will describe processes to promote, protect, and restore the promotion of health in the community both locally and globally
  • SLO 7.2: Students will safely deliver competent and compassionate care for a diverse population

8. Demonstrate and Teach Professionalism and Professional Values

  • SLO 8.1: Students will demonstrate professional standards of moral, ethical and legal behavior while providing care to patients, families and communities
  • SLO 8.2: Students will demonstrate professional standards of moral, ethical and legal behavior while interacting within academic and healthcare settings
  • SLO 8.3: Students will demonstrate altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication and accountability
  • SLO 8.4: Students will assume accountability for professional and personal behavior

9. Provide Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice Education and that first-time pass rates for the NCLEX-RN exam will be at or above the national mean for BSN programs.

  • SLO 9.1: Student will integrate nursing theory, skills and professionalism as delineated in the BSN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice.
  • SLO 9.2: Students will demonstrate compassionate, culturally competent, evidenced based interventions to provide safe, holistic patient centered care.
  • SLO 9.3: Students will demonstrate lifelong learning and continuous self-reflection to promote personal and professional growth.
  • SLO 9.4: Students will pass the NCLEX exam the first time.

10. Demonstrate professional writing skills per the American Psychological Association format.

  • SLO 10.1: Students will be prepared to enter graduate studies.
  • SLO 10.2: Students will be prepared to submit articles to professional publications.