School of Nursing

Values, Goals, Philosophy & Outcomes

The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide a Christian worldview based experience in nursing education that prepares men and women for a life of service in the profession as a citizen of the City of God while living in the world.


Core Values

Christ centered:

Christ is at the center of everything the School of Nursing does. “He [Christ] is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” – Colossians 1:17-20

School of Nursing students served on a mission trip to Haiti during the spring of 2010, after the country's devastating earthquake.

Servant Leader:

PBA prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership. We strongly believe that leadership begins with being a servant. “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:26-28

Image: Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing students served on a mission trip to Haiti during the spring of 2010, after the country's devastating earthquake

School of Nursing Goals

  1. The School of Nursing will prepare nurses to lead fulfilling lives through learning, leadership, and service.
  2. The School of Nursing will impact the world by educating nursing students in a Christ-centered atmosphere that pursues spiritual and academic excellence.
  3. The School of Nursing’s baccalaureate program will graduate mature, well educated students who live for the glory of God, thinking biblically and critically, upholding Christian character and servant-leadership through a biblical relationship with Jesus Christ.
  4. The School of Nursing will encourage love, caring and respect for patients, colleagues, and the world, taking into account cultural and religious differences.
  5. The School of Nursing will promote lifelong learning with the dual aim of improving character and applying current research and theory to practice.
  6. The School of Nursing will engender cooperation, accountability, and unity among students, helping them to function as members of a team and a profession.


PBA School of Nursing students provide care during a mission trip to Haiti.

The philosophy of the Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing (SON) reflects the collective beliefs of its faculty regarding the discipline and practice of nursing. The SON faculty believe that the world was created by God in his sovereign power, and that humans were created by God for a special relationship with God. We believe that humans are sinful and are unable to redeem themselves without God’s grace. God sent his Son, Jesus, to reconcile humans to Him. Jesus died on a cross as payment for sins, and God raised him from the dead as a sign that Jesus does have the power to reconcile us to God, forgiving the sins of those who believe in him and giving them a full life in this world and eternal life with God after this world.

This uniquely Christian perspective influences all aspects of our philosophy regarding the study and practice of nursing.

Image: PBA School of Nursing students provide care during a mission trip to Haiti.

Program Outcomes

A School of Nursing baccalaureate program outcomes graduate will:

  1. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, humanities, Christian faith, and nursing as a source in critical thinking and decision making that provides holistic care in a variety of nursing contexts and settings. 
  2. Combine the nursing process and current research findings in the practice of nursing for holistic health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention. 
  3. Practice professional nursing as the provider, designer, and manager of care.
  4. Provide individualized, age-appropriate, culturally sensitive care that assists persons to maintain optimum wellness.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration, creativity, sensitivity, and flexibility for the delivery of quality, cost-effective nursing care.
  6. Integrate professional nursing values based on legal, ethical, and Christian standards into nursing practice.
  7. Assume responsibility and accountability for lifelong professional growth.
  8. Value their personal qualities and abilities as a professional healthcare provider.
  9. Evaluate healthcare policy and quality care outcomes in practice settings.