About Nursing

About Nursing

About the Program


The Department of Nursing at Rowan University is committed to being a recognized leader in innovative nursing education, scholarship, evidence-based practice, and an active force in the health of the diverse communities it serves.


The Department of Nursing at Rowan University promotes excellence in healthcare through quality and innovative education of nurses. We are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in nursing education by combining core advanced knowledge with professional preparation towards the master's degree. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee calls for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and suggests they be educated in new and innovative ways to better prepare them to meet the needs of the population. Emerging new competencies in decision making, quality improvement, systems thinking, and team leadership must become part of every nurse's professional practice (IOM, 2011). Rowan provides a collaborative, learning-centered environment, in which highly qualified and diverse faculty, staff, and students integrate teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, and community service. Through intellectual, social and cultural contributions, the university enriches the lives of those in the campus community and surrounding region. The Department of Nursing programs seek to meet the needs of our diverse population and improve the health and quality of life of the citizens of New Jersey and society, at large.

Philosophy of Nursing Education

The philosophy of the Department of Nursing at Rowan University emanates from nursing's founder, Florence Nightingale. The department's belief is that the interaction of person, environment, nurse and health are integral to maintaining and assisting individuals in achieving improved health status. The Nursing Department believes that nursing practice encompasses four domains that are evidence-based: clinical practice; leadership/executive practice; education practice; and research practice. In addition, the Nursing Department believes in excellent leadership that will advance nursing as well as shape policy in health care delivery systems. Finally, the Nursing Department further believes that innovation is integral to the improvement of nursing practice. Such examples of innovation are technology that enhances online education and hybrid course delivery. The nursing faculty is committed to academic rigor, service, lifelong learning and continuous improvement.


  1. The Department of Nursing values people and the diversity that they bring to classroom experiences as well as the overall educational experience, treating all with compassion, dignity, and respect for individual beliefs.
  2. The Department of Nursing values highly ethical behavior, professionalism, integrity, and accountability in all aspects of our academic, clinical, and administrative work.
  3. The Department of Nursing values excellence, encouraging achievement in all endeavors of the university family, fostering collegiality, and maintaining high academic standards, through productive, scholarly faculty and a talented student body.
  4. The Department of Nursing values knowledge, its creation, dissemination, synthesis and application.
  5. The Department of Nursing values service, demonstrated through our commitment to effectiveness, accessibility, and affordability in our education and the resources that we provide to our students.
  6. The Department of Nursing values innovation and flexibility to meet the ongoing societal needs of our students and the challenges of the future of healthcare.


The department seeks to continually improve. Improvement is guided through comparison institute assessment. Excellence is recognized through accreditation. The department has as its main goal the delivery of excellent nursing education programs that meet the Essentials for Baccalaureate Education and the Essentials for Master's Education (AACN, 2011;2013). These documents are published by the American Association of the College of Nurses and may be accessed at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu. Every student is required to be familiar with these documents and share comments about potential ways to improve the program with nursing@rowan.edu.

Expected Outcomes

The goals of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are to produce graduates that meet the 2011 Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing established by the AACN:

• Integrate findings from the sciences and the humanities, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, health economics, translational science, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care at the unit, clinic, home, or program level.

• Identify organizational and system leadership skills as being critical for the promotion of high quality and patient safe care. Additionally they demonstrate ethical and critical decision making in team work environments.

• Monitor, analyze, and prioritize outcomes that need to be improved by using quality improvement and high reliability organizational principles. Using information from numerous sources, these nurses navigate the patient through the healthcare system and assume accountability for quality outcomes.

• Demonstrate the ability to utilize evidence based practice initiatives, apply research outcomes within practice settings, resolve practice problems, work as a change agent, and disseminate results

• Use current technologies to deliver and coordinate care across multiple settings, analyze point of care outcomes, and communicate with individuals and groups.

• Promote health, help shape the health delivery system, and advance values like social justice through policy processes and advocacy.

• Demonstrate knowledge of broad determinants of health to succeed as a patient advocate, cultural and systems broker, and to lead and coordinate interprofessional teams across care environments in order to reduce barriers, facilitate access to care, and improve health outcomes. Provide and coordinate comprehensive care for patients-individuals, families, groups, and communities- in multiple and varied settings.

• Demonstrate the ability to design and ensure the delivery of clinical prevention interventions and population-based care that promotes health, reduces the risk of chronic illness, and prevents disease.

• Implement evidence based safe, quality care to individuals, populations, or systems that influences healthcare outcomes. Practices interventions that impact individuals, populations, or systems both directly or indirectly.

The goals of the Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program are to produce graduates that meet the 2008 Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing established by the AACN:

• Integrate liberal education for baccalaureate generalist nursing practice

• Develop basic organizational and systems leadership for quality care and patient safety

• Demonstrate scholarship for evidence based practice

• Apply information management and application of patient care technology

• Evaluate healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments

• Demonstrate interprofessional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes

• Integrate clinical prevention and population health

• Demonstrate professionalism and professional values

• Further baccalaureate generalist nursing practice 


The RN-BSN Program and the MSN program at Rowan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC
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