Nursing Program Outcomes

The faculty of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health has articulated nursing program outcomes that are consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing guiding document, The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (The Essentials: Competencies for Professional Nursing Education ( Our program outcomes are congruent with the ten competency domains that are essential to nursing practice and guide the development of the necessary curriculum content and expected competencies of graduates from our baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

Competence develops over time and is progressive. Learners progress through different competency expectations as they progress through different levels of education. For each of these program outcomes, learner expectations will vary between entry-level coursework and advanced-level coursework, as reflected in individual course curricula.


Essentials Domain

SNAH Nursing Program Outcome


Knowledge for Nursing Practice

 (Knowledge for Nursing Practice (

Integrate, translate, and apply established and evolving disciplinary nursing knowledge, as well as knowledge from the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, and other disciplines, as a basis for clinical judgment and innovation in nursing practice.


Person-Centered Care

(Person-Centered Care (

Engage in holistic, individualized, just, respectful, compassionate, coordinated, evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate person-centered care within multiple complicated contexts, including family and important others, regardless of specialty or functional area.


Population Health

(Population Health (

Manage and advance equitable population health across the healthcare delivery continuum, from emergency preparedness and disease prevention to disease management and crisis intervention, through education, advocacy, and collaborative activities with affected communities, industry, academia, health care, government entities, and others.


Scholarship for the Nursing Discipline

(Scholarship for the Nursing Discipline (

Generate, synthesize, translate, apply, and disseminate nursing knowledge to improve health and transform health care.


Quality and Safety

(Quality and Safety (

Employ established and emerging principles of safety and improvement science to promote system effectiveness and individual performance to enhance healthcare quality and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers.


Interprofessional Partnerships

(Interprofessional Partnerships (

Collaborate across professions and with care team members, patients, families, communities, and other stakeholders to optimize care, enhance the healthcare experience, and strengthen outcomes.


Systems-Based Practice

(Systems-Based Practice (

Respond to and lead within complex systems of health care, including proactive coordination of resources, to provide safe, quality, and equitable care to diverse populations.


Informatics and Healthcare Technologies

(Informatics and Healthcare Technologies (

Use informatics processes and communication technologies to manage and improve the delivery of safe, high-quality, and efficient healthcare services in accordance with best practice and professional and regulatory standards.



(Professionalism (

Form and cultivate a sustainable professional identity, including accountability, perspective, collaborative disposition, and comportment, that reflects nursing’s characteristics and values.


Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

(Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development (

Participate in in activities and self-reflection that fosters personal health, resilience, and well-being; contribute to lifelong learning; and support the acquisition of nursing expertise and the assertion of leadership.