School of Nursing and Health Sciences --
Division of Nursing

The faculty at Westminster College School of Nursing function under a philosophy that provides learning opportunities for individuals preparing to engage in the art and science of nursing. We have programs at multiple levels of practice including the BS in Nursing professional level and the MSN advanced level for family nurse practitioner and nurse educator. We are committed to excellence in teaching through creation of an active learning environment that promotes inclusiveness and respect for diversity. We feel a deep sense of responsibility to build a foundation of knowledge and develop skills that will prepare students to function as competent nurses in a variety of environmental settings.

We are seeking to help students prepare to become critical thinkers through critical examination of alternatives. We integrate liberal education, theory, research and practice through collaborative learning methods. We encourage teamwork. We enhance self-confidence through positive reinforcement of well-performed clinical skills. We foster leadership development and strive to develop learners with an increased sense of social responsibility and a global consciousness. We continually assess and evaluate student performance and achievement of program and college-wide goals and objectives.

We have adopted Patricia Benner's model of "Novice to Expert" as the conceptual framework for our nursing programs at Westminster College. Within this framework, we define the themes of nursing: person, health and environment. This model, with its domains of practice and proficiency progression, is woven throughout the fiber of the nursing courses.