Mission, Goals, and Program Outcomes


The mission of Kent State University College of Nursing is to discover, create, apply and share nursing knowledge, as well as to foster ethical and humanitarian values in addressing health care needs of Ohio and the global community. The College of Nursing applies professional nursing standards and competencies across a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare students to reach their full potential. Students engage in diverse learning environments to foster critical thinking and attain excellence in providing care for diverse populations and advancing knowledge.


  1. Prepare students with a quality education that affords them the opportunity to achieve career success through licensure, certification or other professional distinction.
  2. Cultivate an environment of collaboration, excellence, discovery, creativity and for learning, scholarship and professional development.
  3. Provide leadership in the community and to the profession.
  4. Advance innovation and excellence in teaching to support student success.
  5. Promote excellence in research and creative endeavors.
  6. Engage with the world beyond our campuses.

Program Objectives


  1. Meet educational eligibility requirements to take the registered nurse licensing examination (National Certification and Licensure Exam).
  2. Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume the role of the professional nurse and for career advancement, including graduate studies.
  3. Apply the nursing process in providing evidence-based, culturally sensitive care to promote health and adaptation of individuals, families, groups and communities.


  1. Acquire educational eligibility to meet standards for advanced practice certification or other advanced professional distinction.
  2. Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume advanced roles in nursing, and for leadership and career advancement, including doctoral study.
  3. Communicate, integrate and apply advanced nursing knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based, culturally sensitive nursing care and promote quality outcomes in nursing and health care.


  1. Develop systems and strategies to promote health and fiscal outcomes across the healthcare continuum.
  2. Provide expert, advanced nursing care to select populations within a variety of settings based on evidence, ethics, theory, professional standards and models of care.
  3. Provide leadership and interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration to plan, implement and evaluate programs of care delivery to improve health outcomes.
  4. Synthesize and translate evidence for implementation and dissemination to improve healthcare outcomes



To prepare nurse scientists to develop and advance nursing science using established and emerging methods to advance health, health care, and the profession of nursing. The Ph.D. program prepares graduates to lead and promote innovative scholarly endeavors within and across disciplines, and to assume leadership roles in the profession.


  1. Generate new knowledge that contributes to the advancement of health, health care, and nursing science.
  2. Disseminate advances in scientific knowledge.
  3. Use collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to knowledge generation.
  4. Assume leadership roles in health care and education as researchers, educators, and advanced clinicians.
  5. Serve as stewards of the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing.