Program Objectives

An ACU School of Nursing graduate will be prepared to:

  • Apply clinical reasoning, and evidence based nursing competencies (knowledge, behaviors, judgments, skills, and attitudes to holistically address and prioritize patient (individuals, families, groups, communities, populations) preferences, values, and needs. 
  • Collaborate effectively with multiple patients and the interdisciplinary health team with shared decision making for the achievement of the highest safe patient health outcomes. 
  • Assume accountability for professional, legal, ethical, and regulatory laws/standards for individual performance and system effectiveness for safe nursing competencies. 
  • Apply an understanding of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments by the coordination, evaluation, and modification of care of patients, and the management of confidential information technology for seamless care and transition in complex health care systems. 
  • Integrate professional values such as caring, advocacy, altruism, the preservation of human dignity, truth, justice, freedom, equality, ethics, integrity, civility, respect, and cultural competence in the pursuit of excellence of the Christian leadership and service of professional nursing. 
  • Promote the profession of nursing through leadership activities in the implementation of evidence-based practice standards, safety and quality care improvement, and patient advocacy.
  • Engage in self care and reflection to prepare for clinical demands, envision growth to professional competence, and understand the need to participate in life long career and professional development. 

Program Goals

  • Graduate well-prepared, Christ-centered Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students who are able to obtain Registered Nurse licensure and function at the advanced beginner practice level.
  • Ensure that the nursing program meets or exceeds the standards set by the Texas Board of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Equip graduates to adapt to rapid changes in health care delivery and practice in fulfilling their calling to Christian service.
  • Build a foundation for BSN graduates to pursue excellence through certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and to pursue graduate education in nursing.
  • Assess, identify and develop a plan to address local and global health care and spiritual needs.
  • Collaborate with University Development/Advancement to support a sustainable plan for the nursing program.

CCNE Third-Party Comments


CCNE policy requires that institutions provide an opportunity for the program’s identified communities of interest (e.g., students, alumni, faculty, employers, etc.) to provide written input into the deliberations of the evaluation team. As your program is scheduled for an on-site evaluation by CCNE, you must notify your communities of interest approximately three months before the evaluation that an accreditation review is scheduled and indicate that written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by CCNE until October 6, 2014. The announcement must include CCNE's name and mailing address, and ask that all comments be directed to:


Catherine Sneed
Accreditation Coordinator
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036


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