Department of Nursing

West Chester University

930 E. Lincoln Highway, Suite 100
Exton PA 19341-2848

WCU Nursing Mission and Philosophy


The mission of the Department of Nursing at West Chester University is to provide the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education to diverse student populations ultimately preparing students to become leaders within the nursing profession.  The baccalaureate program prepares graduates for entry into nursing practice.  The master’s program prepares graduates for advanced practice in adult health/gerontology or nursing education.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares advanced practice nurses to fully evaluate and implement evidence-based findings further enhancing delivery of nursing care.  Graduates of these nursing programs will be professionals capable of assuming leadership in present and emerging health care roles, citizens who contribute to society and who are committed to life-ling learning and personal development.


The Department of Nursing affirms the WCU Vision, Mission and Values Statements and the College of Health Sciences Mission Statement.  It shares the University’s commitment to teaching, research, and service to individuals, families, communities and populations.  The following statement reflects the Department of Nursing’s philosophical beliefs. 

The Department of Nursing recognizes that individuals, families, communities and populations are entitled to optimum health and quality health care.  Nurses play an integral role in health promotion, disease prevention and enhancing the quality of life throughout the lifespan.  According to the ANA “nursing is the protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities and populations.”  Advanced practice nursing roles include expert clinician, educator, researcher, consultant and leader.  The nursing programs at West Chester University recognizes the responsibility to provide innovative educational programs that reflect the growing needs and current trends of diverse populations. 

The faculty of the Department of Nursing provides a caring and supportive environment while respecting the diversity of the student body and communities which it serves.  The University community cultivates and supports faculty/student collaboration and mentoring.  The students are treated ad individuals with unique qualities and learning needs.  Through professional actions, the faculty reflects the department’s philosophy of excellence in nursing practice, creation of evidence-based research, establishing strong interdisciplinary associations and fostering supportive relationships with colleagues, students and the community.

The AACN Essentials documents (The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education and The Essentials of Master’s Education) provide structure for the curriculum content of all programs.  The faculty designed all programs to facilitate the students’ abilities to creatively respond to a continuously changing health system.  Innovative educational experiences are cooperatively planned to meet the needs of both the students and clients empowering them in the nursing-client partnership.

The interpretation, development and implementation of ethical evidence-based research are stressed throughout the educational process.
Ethical decision making, accountability, critical thinking, and effective communication skills are emphasized.  This is achieved by the application of nursing theory to professional practice.  All programs promote lifelong learning, leadership, and prepare the student for advance professional degrees or post doctoral studies.

To view the conceptual framework of the WCU Nursing Program click here.

Program Objectives

  • Evidences a concerned awareness and a sense of responsibility for contemporary health and social issues as these affect diverse populations.
  • Provides leadership through professional and civic activities to advocate for the improvement of health care within society.
  • Demonstrates accountability and competency in using the nursing process to assist clients at various levels of health in a variety of settings.
  • Uses nursing theory and research to support nursing practice.
  • Collaborates, coordinates, and consults as a colleague within the interdisciplinary health team in managing client care.
  • Characterizes learning as a lifelong process.

Last update: 14 September 2015