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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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:
The RN-BSN Program at Rowan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC
The MSN program is a new program, which launched in the Fall of 2013 and like all new programs is not yet accredited. The MSN program will host an on-site accreditation visit from October 5, 2015 to October 7, 2015 with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Department of Nursing invites and encourages the participation of all students in this site visit.