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Students share their academic and clinical experiences at VCU School of Nursing.

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs as well as doctoral programs. Our flexible options include online classes for the RN to B.S., Ph.D., and DNP programs, and traditional or fast-track programs to earn your bachelor’s.

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Program goals and learning outcomes

  • Undergraduate programs

    Program Goals:

    Students will achieve an advanced beginner level of nursing competence by demonstrating:

    • Effective therapeutic nursing practice
    • Nursing judgment
    • A spirit of inquiry
    • Professional identity

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Upon completing this program, the graduate is a knowledgeable professional nurse who will:

    1. Diagnose actual and potential health problems based on a comprehensive and focused assessment of health and illness parameters, using developmentally, culturally and ethnically appropriate approaches
    2. Plan and implement holistic, evidence-based, patient-centered care to patients, families, communities and populations across the health illness continuum, across the lifespan and across settings
    3. Carry out a systematic and ongoing evaluation of identified outcomes
    4. Employ strategies to promote health and prevent disease in patients, families, communities and populations
    5. Use nursing judgment as a basis for decision making
    6. Create a safe care environment that results in high-quality patient outcomes
    7. Use psychomotor skills for efficient, safe and compassionate delivery of patient care
    8. Use written, verbal, non-verbal and emerging technology methods to communicate effectively and to measure, record and retrieve health care data, implement the nursing process and enhance nursing practice
    9. Collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, deliver and evaluate nursing care within the context of quality and safety and considering human, fiscal and material resources
    10. Express own identity as a nurse by adhering to professional standards of ethical and legal conduct
    11. Demonstrate beginning-level leadership and management skills that reflect accountability, interpersonal effectiveness, and principles of ethical behavior and quality improvement
    12. Articulate the value of pursuing lifelong learning and professional engagement to foster professional growth and development
    13. Integrate theories and concepts from liberal education to build an understanding of the human experience and help patients, families and communities continually progress toward fulfillment of human capacities
    14. Develop an awareness of variables influencing nursing practice and delivery of health care including health care access, allocation of human, fiscal and material resources, and health disparities
  • Master’s program

    Program Goals:

    Master’s students will achieve advanced nursing practice competencies by demonstrating:

    • Systems and organizational leadership
    • Implementation of advanced nursing practice interventions
    • Effective use of research and technology
    • Systematic evaluation of interventions and outcomes

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    The graduate of the VCU School of Nursing:

    1. Demonstrates core competencies in their advanced practice specialty
    2. Integrates nursing and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations and systems of health care delivery
    3. Applies ethical analysis and clinical reasoning to assess, intervene and evaluate advanced nursing care delivery
    4. Understands the implications of social, cultural, economic, policy and organizational systems that impact practice and outcomes
    5. Synthesizes evidence for practice to determine appropriate application of interventions across diverse populations and settings
    6. Uses quality processes and improvement science to evaluate care and ensure patient safety for individuals, populations and systems
    7. Integrates organizational science and technology to make changes in the care environment to improve health outcomes and practice efficiency
  • Ph.D. program

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    At the completion of the Ph.D. program, the student will be able to:

    1. Apply, transmit and generate knowledge in the discipline of nursing
    2. Construct, test and modify theories for nursing in the context of social, ethical, scientific, cultural and economic influences
    3. Analyze and synthesize knowledge from related disciplines for use in nursing
    4. Exhibit scientific integrity in scholarly inquiry
    5. Engage in interdisciplinary collaboration in knowledge development and dissemination
  • DNP program

    Program Goals:

    Students will achieve DNP-level competencies by demonstrating:

    • Use of quality and safety outcomes to evaluate practice improvement initiatives
    • Skills in using evidence-based practice to achieve sustainable practice change
    • Advanced decision-making skills founded in ethics and the highest level of nursing practice
    • Leadership strategies to influence health policies
    • Interprofessional collaboration in health care systems

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    At the completion of the DNP program, the student will have the knowledge and skills to:

    1. Demonstrate strategic management skills in systems-based care delivery models and approaches designed to promote quality, safety and excellence in nursing practice
    2. Assume a leadership role in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policies that improve quality and safety in healthcare systems
    3. Translate and disseminate evidence-based practices to improve healthcare outcomes and reduce disparities
    4. Integrate professional intra- and interdisciplinary best practices to create collaborative sustainable practice change
    5. Integrate knowledge of specialized nursing practice with knowledge from other sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice
    6. Lead efforts to preserve, promote and improve the health of specialty populations
    7. Use health information technology to promote best practices in health care systems
    8. Ensure fiscal accountability when planning practice initiatives that will improve the quality of care delivery
    9. Demonstrate advanced levels of ethical and moral judgment and decision making

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