Mission and Purpose

As an integral academic unit of the University, the UNCP Department of Nursing is committed to the tripartite roles of teaching, research, and community service that contribute to the cultural, intellectual, and social development of professional nurses in North Carolina and the nation.

Students are provided the opportunity to obtain a multicultural education that is grounded in the arts, sciences and humanities; that is congruent with standards for professional nursing practice; and that prepares them for lifelong learning, professional development, and service to others.

The primary purposes of the UNCP Department of Nursing program are to (a) promote and advance the accessibility, availability, and quality of professional nursing education and practice for nurses of North Carolina and the nation and to (b) prepare graduates to provide quality professional nursing services, across the lifespan, for individuals, families, groups, and communities.

On completion of the program, the graduate is prepared as a competent beginning professional nurse, has the mobility to practice as a generalist in any health care setting, and is committed to the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice through life-long learning and scholarship.

The Department of Nursing holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).