The Department of Nursing and Health faculty, students, staff and alumni are a caring, learning community committed to the development of nursing professionals for entry-level and advanced practice positions in the variety of settings in which nursing is practiced. The faculty and the department of nursing and health encourage students in the pursuit of personal and intellectual growth, and promote global awareness and social responsibility by providing students with opportunities to learn and grow in a variety of settings while working with diverse populations. The department provides opportunity for students to deepen their own spiritual values and to gain and increase respect and appreciation for the spiritual values of others. The baccalaureate program prepares men and women to function as generalists and provides the foundation for graduate study. The master’s program prepares nurses for advanced practice in a selected specialty area and for doctoral study. The doctor of nursing practice program prepares advanced practice nurses for leadership in health care.