Who We Are

Since 1936, SPU’s School of Health Sciences has opened new doors and created exciting new career paths for students, including opportunities in clinical care, specialty practice, education, academics, and practice in diverse clinical populations.

Throughout its history, the nursing program’s central theme and philosophy of promoting and supporting high quality nursing have remained constant. The program has developed over the years through many hours of fine tuning, labors of love, and constant prayer. Our strategic plan guides decisions and actions based on our agreed-upon mission, core values, philosophy, and initiatives.

Connections with clinical agencies, nursing leaders, and educational institutions continue to bring SPU’s Nursing program to a position of high regard in the region. Students and graduates from SPU are recognized as having a high level of knowledge, excellent skills, and hearts of service. The rich heritage of the past bestows challenges and blessings on the school, alumni, faculty, and friends.

Challenges of the future are addressed through our continuously evolving strategic plan.

Our Mission

Based on our commitment to Christian values, we seek to partner with the community to develop graduates who engage the culture, change the world, and:

  • Serve all people with the highest level of professional care.
  • Demonstrate competence in a diverse and changing environment.
  • Act with wisdom, character, and caring.
  • Demonstrate leadership in all aspects of nursing.
  • Promote optimum health of body, mind, and spirit.

Our core values are: Excellence; respect; diversity; inquiry; and caring presence.

Learning Outcomes

Five program outcomes frame the curricula and student learning outcomes in all levels of the nursing program:

Outcome Area
Critical Thinking

Demonstrate thinking that underlies independent and interdependent decision making.


Demonstrate complex, ongoing, interactive processes using a variety of methods: oral, written, nonverbal, and technological.


Demonstrate an ability to gather information about the health status of the client and/or community, analyze the data, make judgments about nursing interventions, and evaluate outcomes.

Nursing Skills

Use technical skills required for the delivery of nursing care; demonstrate an ability to teach, delegate, and supervise skilled tasks by others.

Role Development

Demonstrate professional behaviors and an integration of faith, spiritual values, and ethics in your nursing practice.