Office of Assessment


Nursing Mission Statement

The mission of Framingham State University is to offer accessible, affordable, relevant, and rigorous academic programs of educational excellence to a diverse, multicultural student body. Emphasis is placed on teaching and lifelong learning, and intellectual, social, and ethical development is fostered. Higher education offers a uniquely effective opportunity to be the catalyst for change to improve individual lives and social structures. The faculty of the Nursing Department concurs with this philosophy.

The Nursing faculty believes that education is a dynamic ongoing process that promotes the development of the student in his or her intellectual, social, and ethical development. The curriculum is based on the philosophy that the baccalaureate and graduate levels of education provide the foundation for life-long learning. The goal of the undergraduate program is preparation of a nurse who is able to function as a generalist in a variety of health care settings.  In addition, at the graduate level, nurses synthesize practice with theory and research to provide leadership in practice, academic, and service agencies, professional organizations, communities, and the profession as a whole.


Nursing Major Learning Objectives

At the completion of the RN-to-BSN program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Apply nursing theory and research principles in making evidence-based decisions on nursing practice in relation to the three levels of preventive health nursing care.
  2. Use nursing process as a means of decision-making for refining and extending practice and ensuring patient safety.
  3. Synthesize the theoretical and empirical knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities with nursing theory in preventive health care.
  4. Provide nursing activities of education, motivation, advocacy, and assistance to the person in relation to health.
  5. Demonstrate accountability for decision-making related to professional nursing.
  6. Evaluate research for applicability of its findings to nursing theory and practice.
  7. Demonstrate leadership skills through interaction with others as a professional nurse.
  8. Communicate effectively and collaborate with members of the intraprofessional team to enhance the health care delivery system.
  9. Participate in resolving community and societal health needs through nursing activities.
  10. Provide comprehensive and individualized nursing care based on assessment which includes the person's socioeconomic status, life style, gender, culture, and personal values and beliefs.
  11. Use current electronic technology/computer to enhance nursing practice.