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Mission, Vision, Purpose & 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 Denver College of Nursing is to prepare excellent health care providers and leaders to transform the lives of persons and communities through innovative education and health care.


Denver College of Nursing is a private institution of higher education dedicated exclusively to educating students for the diverse opportunities offered by careers in nursing and other health care fields.


Denver College of Nursing serves students, the nursing profession, health care organizations, clients receiving care, and the increasing needs of society for qualified nurses by offering programs for students who seek careers in nursing and other medical fields.

Denver College of Nursing devotes its resources to maintaining quality nursing programs in an environment that focuses on clinical competence across all scopes of practice, and that help develop the technical and thinking skills needed to foster successful careers and a lifetime of continued professional learning

.The programs build on foundations of general education common to nursing education, and all programs meet or exceed common standards for nursing education programs in Colorado.

The nursing programs explore a differentiated practice model that teaches students to maximize their own role development, to seek the opportunity to learn and collaborate effectively with other nurses of differing educational preparations.

The programs integrate holistic health care values with traditional health care values so students can explore the understanding of “whole body wellness” in client care.

Programs are offered to adult students from the economically and ethnically diverse regional community served.


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.