Overview: Mission, Values, Vision, Goals, Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Virginia State University has received approval from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The program began in Spring 2020 with the first cohort of RN students. The BSN program is designed for Registered Nurses with an associate degree or a hospital diplomas as the highest degree in nursing. This is the first completely online degree completion program at VSU. The focus will be nursing in rural settings. 

Mission Statement

The Department of Nursing’s mission is to deliver a liberal education that includes a foundation in the arts, science, humanities, and nursing for professional nursing practice, fulfilling the mission of VSU such that the program will prepare informed, globally competitive leaders and highly effective ethical professionals through evidence-based patient centered experiences in rural and urban settings. These settings will prepare diverse graduates with the foundation for lifelong learning as a member of an interprofessional health care delivery team. 


The Department of Nursing embraces the values of integrity, collaboration, diversity and inclusion.

  • Integrity-developing a workforce that demonstrates ethical behavior in all settings.
  • Collaboration-developing partnerships with a variety of healthcare settings and disciplines whose purpose is patient and community care.
  • Diversity-working with a variety of cultures to deliver equitable health care.
  • Inclusion-including all segments of the population.

Vision Statement

The Department of Nursing vision is to fulfill the vision of VSU such that the program will “foster sustained excellence as a Preeminent Public Land-Grant university providing access to higher education and a holistic transformative learning experience to produce world-class leaders and scholars for a diverse state, national, and global workforce.”


The goal of the Department of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses to deliver fiscal and technologically safe and effective patient centered care across the lifespan with a focus on rural health. 

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes (PLSLO’s)

Graduates of the program will acquire the knowledge, values, and competencies of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. The RN will: 

  1. Develop the foundation for professional nursing practice with a liberal education which includes a foundation in the arts, sciences, humanities, and nursing.
  2. Engage in the delivery of quality safe and effective nursing care to individuals across the lifespan within a diverse society.
  3. Apply evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, ethics, integrity, and socially responsible nursing service to individuals in a dynamic environment.
  4. Demonstrate professionalism and professional values in interprofessional collaboration in creating and delivering comprehensive, culturally competent nursing care to individuals and communities.
  5. Utilize evidence-based practice models in the design, implementation, and evaluation of nursing systems to foster safe and effective healthcare delivery.
  6. Identify innovative evidence-based solutions which guide clinical prevention, health promotion and welfare of individuals, families, groups, and communities experiencing changes in their health pattern.
  7. Establish leadership and management styles which facilitate quality safe and effective nursing care within a variety of healthcare delivery systems.
  8. Provide fiscal and technologically responsible nursing to individuals and communities maintaining safe and effective practice.
  9. Articulate and commit to the values of self-direction for continuous professional growth.