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Claflin University

Mission, Vision, and Program Goals

Claflin seeks to foster a rich community who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership.  Claflin is a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff and administrators who work to cultivate practical wisdom, judgment, knowledge, skills and character needed for globally engaged citizenship and effective leadership


Building upon the mission, vision and guiding principles of Claflin University, the Nursing Department’s mission is to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society to  provide  students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education and enhance their skills to improve health and well-being of the community and beyond, and to enhance job marketability to meet global health needs; emphasizing critical and analytic thinking and the knowledge to serve in health care settings with diverse populations.


Claflin University’s Nursing Department 

will be nationally recognized as a leader for innovative programs in nursing education, community centered scholarship, and interdisciplinary partnerships that prepare professional nurses to meet the rapidly changing health care needs of the diverse community.


  1. Provide an opportunity for nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in nursing.
  2. Prepare nurses to fulfill baccalaureate, leadership and advanced practice nursing roles.
  3. Promote a commitment to addressing the health care needs of the citizens.



The nursing department seeks to engage stakeholders in our communities of interest by fostering the following goals related to students, faculty, staff, people, and environment.

  1. Integrate innovative best practices, information technology, and online teaching strategies to foster student-centered learning and achieve excellence in educational programs that prepare culturally competent nurses ready to serve diverse populations. (Students & Faculty)
  2. Cultivate a thriving, reverent, and caring environment that seeks, maintains, and promotes development of an inclusive and talented community of students, faculty, and staff. (People & Environment)
  3. Increase academic practice partnerships and engagement to support student enrollment and clinical enrichment, and to improve health outcomes in areas served by the university. (People, Environment, and Students)
  4. Encourage faculty clinical practice engagement and foster practice expertise through support of professional development. (Faculty)
  5. Engage in impactful and innovative nursing research and scholarship to improve population health outcomes. (People)
  6. Expand and promote global initiatives to educate students to meet diverse needs throughout healthcare. (Students)

BSN Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate leadership skills that integrate an understanding of organizational systems and the internal and external forces that impact them. 
  2. Engage in evidence-based practice to enhance the quality of patient care and outcomes.  
  3. Use information technologies to document nursing care and improve patient care outcomes.
  4. Use the nursing process to plan and implement culturally appropriate care to promote health and prevent disease and injury in diverse populations.
  5. Advocate for patients, the nursing profession, and access to quality care through the development of interprofessional and inter-professional collaborative relationships.
  6. Model professionalism based on personal values, ethical principles, and the nursing profession's values and standards.


MSN Program Objectives:

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program at Claflin University, graduates will be able to:

  1. critique, evaluate, and synthesize theoretical or scientific findings from nursing and other relevant fields for continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings. (EMEN* - I)
  2. demonstrate leadership in ethical and clinical decision-making using a system’s perspective to apply quality principles within an organization. (EMEN - II, III)
  3. apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolves practice problems, and disseminates result. (EMEN - IV)
  4. communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care integrating patient-care technologies in care coordination. (EMEN - V, VII)
  5. provide holistic care in an advanced specialty nursing practice respectful of a client’s cultural, spiritual, ethnic, and gender diversity, within an increasingly global, multicultural society. (EMEN -VIII, IX)
  6. employ advocacy and health policy strategies to influence health care. (EMEN - VI)