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.


Denver College of Nursing is dedicated to educating students for rewarding and dynamic careers in nursing and other healthcare fields.


The vision of the Denver College of Nursing is to prepare excellent nurses and leaders within the healthcare community to transform lives through education and healthcare curriculum.


Denver College of Nursing’s focus is to educate, empower and inspire future generations of healthcare professionals. DCN educates healthcare professionals to engage in the transformation of healthcare for the betterment of our communities. 


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 that was developed by faculty to provide direction for the selection and organization of learning experiences to achieve program outcomes. The conceptual framework serves to unite these four constructs:


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


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.


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 his/her quality of life throughout the lifespan and his/her ability to adapt to restrictions of environment, disease, or disability.