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Mission, Vision, Purpose, and Philosophy

Denver College of Nursing Philosophy

The Denver College of Nursing Board of Trustees has adopted statements of vision, mission, values, goals, and philosophy to guide the operation of the institution.


The vision of the Denver College of Nursing is to prepare excellent nurses and nurse leaders to transform patient lives through innovative education programs.


At Denver College of Nursing, we strive to empower students who recognize nursing as their life’s work. We equip aspiring and experienced nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the evolving demands of healthcare, nurturing each student to help ensure they emerge as competent, compassionate, and resilient nursing professionals ready to improve health outcomes in their communities and around the world.


Denver College of Nursing’s focus is to educate, empower, and inspire future generations of healthcare professionals. DCN educates adult learners from economically and ethnically diverse regional communities who are eager to drive transformation in healthcare. Our programs integrate holistic healthcare principles with traditional healthcare values so students can explore the understanding of “whole body wellness” in client care.

DCN devotes its resources to maintaining quality nursing programs in an environment that focuses on clinical competence across all scopes of practice. Our nursing programs explore a differentiated practice model that teaches students to maximize their own professional development and to seek opportunities to learn and collaborate effectively in healthcare settings.


The philosophy of Denver College of Nursing flows from the mission of the school and supports the concepts of clinical competence, excellence in education, holistic care, professionalism, evidence-based practice, and lifelong learning.

The philosophy incorporates the conceptual framework our faculty developed to provide direction for creating learning experiences that achieve program outcomes. This conceptual framework serves to unite these four constructs:


Nursing is an art and a science that identifies, mobilizes, and develops the strengths of the patient through acquired skills, professionalism, knowledge, and competence, supported by evidence-based practice.


A person is a unique, physical, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, and holistic being or community with value, dignity, and worth, possessing the capacity for growth, change, and choices for which they bear responsibility.


The environment is the dynamic subtotal of internal and external elements that impact an individual’s perception of and adaptation to the community in which they exist.


Wellness is defined as the individual’s perception of their quality of life throughout the lifespan and their ability to adapt to restrictions of environment, disease, or disability.