School of Nursing

Mission, Values, Goals, Philosophy & Outcomes


The mission of the Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing is to prepare graduates for a life of service in the profession of nursing within a Christ-centered environment incorporating intellectual, professional, and spiritual integrity.


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 School of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University is one that is Christ-centered and focused on the success of the students, professionally, spiritually, and personally. The faculty and administration actively engage students in the discovery of the meaning of Christ-centered care for others. Providing care takes place in community settings, hospitals, local and global missions, as well as primary education for the community. General System’s theory is one that encompasses interactive systems comprised of physiological and spiritual systems. System thinking is particularly useful, because it allows analysis of each system individually and each system as a whole creating a holistic approach. Nursing application, synthesis, and evaluation of practice is essential in our ever changing healthcare. The outcome of nursing education at Palm Beach Atlantic University is a competent nurse who is reflective, inquiring, and is able to apply nursing theory within the context of the Christian worldview while recognizing the needs of the patient, family, and community.

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 to provide holistic care in a variety of nursing contexts and settings.

  2. Combine the nursing process and evidenced based research in the practice of nursing across the lifespan for holistic health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention in the care patients, families, and communities.

  3. Provide patient-centered, age-appropriate, culturally sensitive care that assists persons with health promotion and wellness.

  4. Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration, creativity, sensitivity, and flexibility for the delivery of safe, quality, cost-effective nursing care.

  5. Integrate professional nursing values based on legal, ethical, and Christian standards into nursing practice.

  6. Implement professional development through graduate studies and other leadership opportunities with an emphasis on integrity as a professional baccalaureate generalist nurse.

  7. Incorporate current technologies and informatics to support continued learning and support patient outcomes and quality improvement.

  8. Evaluate healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory standards to support quality care outcomes in the complex continuum healthcare environment.