Mission and Vision


The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide high quality education for professional nurses. The baccalaureate program prepares graduates to be professionally competent generalists in nursing who are committed to excellence in nursing practice, value continued personal and professional development and possess the educational foundation for post-baccalaureate study. The master's program prepares nurses for advanced roles and provides the educational foundation for doctoral studies in nursing.

Through disciplined inquiry into the liberal arts and sciences, nursing theory, research and practice, graduates are prepared to respond to health care needs of a diverse society with compassion, knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare system within which they practice.

The School of Nursing strives to be a community of nursing scholars and educators who, in keeping with the mission of Elms College, challenges students to embrace change without compromising principle, to respond creatively to the demands of their chosen careers, and to advocate for people in need.  Elms College is a community rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, and responsive to civic and social obligations.

Vision Statement

The School of Nursing at the College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) seeks to be distinguished as the program of choice in Western Massachusetts for educating professional nurses for entry into practice and advanced roles.   Our commitment to achieving excellence in nursing education, practice, and service to our community is demonstrated by providing a dynamic teaching-learning environment, responding to the increasing diversity of a global community and through living our core values of scholarship, leadership, and social responsibility.