The mission of the Master of Science in Nursing Program at University of the Pacific is to provide students with a superior, competency-based, learner-centered educational experience that will prepare graduate professional nurses to care for individuals, families and populations while engaging in collaborative partnerships to improve patient-centered care and population health outcomes.
The nursing department fosters a safe and respectful environment that encourages life-long learning for faculty, staff and students. Thus, faculty and staff subscribe to a student-centered environment to position a diverse population of students as active participants in the learning experience.
- Prepare competent nursing professionals to deliver patient-centered care and who engage in improving systems of care to improve healthcare outcomes of clients, families and the communities they serve.
- Advance the scholarship of nursing.
- Lead and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to address population health needs.
- Apply quality improvement principles in care delivery.
- Prepare nurse leaders to effectively lead innovation and change across multiple healthcare settings.
The philosophy of the program is guided by the “Core Concepts for the Professional Nurse.” These concepts have been identified in the newly revised Educational Standards (Domains) for entry-level nurses (BSN, ELM) and graduate nurses MSN and DNP (AACN, April 2021). The membership of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) determines that these professional nursing concepts cannot be found in a unique course but rather are embedded throughout the curriculum as overarching concepts that are essential for the preparation of the professional nurse. Therefore, these concepts serve as a conceptual framework for the program.
The proposed curriculum incorporates the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011), the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing (AACN, 2008) and the state requirements for RN licensing by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).