To uphold a tradition of excellence in the preparation of professional nurses, through knowledge, evidence-based practice, and research, to improve the health of the communities we serve.


Nursing fosters the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health in diverse communities across the lifespan. As a professional discipline, nursing entails both independent and collaborative care and is based on caring behaviors, scientific knowledge, ethical-legal principles, clinical competencies, the nursing process, and clinical decision-making. Nursing is actualized through the delivery and management of care, education, advocacy, and participation in the interprofessional team.

Nursing education is an interactive, developmental learning process built on the biological and social sciences that enable students to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to practice the profession of nursing. The design of the program takes into account the needs of the students, the integration of evidence-based practices, the changing directions of health care, the need for innovation in nursing education, the advancements in technology, and the health care consumer and community. Students receive a broad-based academic and clinical education through concurrent theory and clinical practice to function as nurse generalists within various healthcare settings and in the continually changing healthcare environment.

The teaching-learning process is viewed as a partnership between the student and educator in which the faculty acts as a facilitator, role model, mentor, and resource. The faculty strives to promote professional development, cultivate a spirit of inquiry and a desire for life-long learning, and uphold the Watts tradition of nursing excellence.

Watts College of Nursing does not discriminate in the educational program or activities of the college on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, genetic information, or age.