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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Online RN to BSN Degree Program is to provide accessible and innovative higher education to shape the profession of nursing and the health care environment by developing leaders in education, research, and practice.

Purpose and Goals

  • Enhance knowledge & skills of students in practice caring for individuals, families, groups, communities, across the lifespan and the continuum of healthcare environments
  • Strengthen research skills & knowledge of students for use in an evidence-based nursing practice
  • Nurture critical thinking & problem-solving skills of students in a healthcare environment
  • Expand data management & communication skills of students appropriate to improve the quality and safety of nursing care
  • Expand management & leadership strategies and skills of students to meet the needs of the healthcare community

Online RN-BSN Program Outcomes

  • Analyze clinical judgments to determine the most appropriate nursing response.
  • Individualize communication in designing, coordinating, documenting, and evaluating effective nursing care
  • Integrate research & evidence-based practice to design nursing care for individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Incorporate both contemporary technology & leadership strategies to improve health care
  • Recognize how components of diversity impact health & health care allowing delivery of culturally sensitive care to diverse populations
  • Impact health care systems & policies to foster nursing roles and interdisciplinary collaboration in health promotion and disease management
  • Demonstrate a commitment to advanced study and lifelong learning


The vision of the Nursing RN-BSN program is that the faculty, focusing on the application of clinical reasoning, research, evidence-based practice, collaboration and leadership skills, produces graduates that are prepared to become leaders in the nursing profession in a variety of settings including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, health service organizations, community health care settings, long-term care and rehabilitative settings, research centers, case management and political / legislative settings.


The core values of the Nursing RN-BSN program are caring, diversity, integrity, leadership, collaboration, respect, and excellence. The values are defined as follows:

  • Caring - offering of self (intellectual, psychological, spiritual, and physical aspects one possesses as human beings) to attain a goal. In nursing the goal is to facilitate and enhance the patient’s ability to do and decide for themselves
  • Diversity - embraces not only ethnic groups and people of color, but also other marginal or vulnerable people in society. Response to diversity is the nurse’s ability to recognize, appreciate, and incorporate differences (individuality, spiritual, cultural, ethnicity, family configurations, values, socioeconomic status, beliefs) into provisions of care
  • Integrity - acting in accordance with appropriate professional code of ethics and accepted standards of practice
  • Leadership - seen as a role of influence, not just as a position of authority. Leadership is the development of skills that allow the leader to coordinate, guide and direct groups through transformational approach-emphasizing a positive work environment, using change effectively, rewarding staff for expertise and performance, and development of staff awareness
  • Collaboration - intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary effort among health care providers, patients and families, in which there is mutual trust and understanding that each partner contributes to the relationship toward achieving optimal, realistic goals
  • Respect for students as autonomous adult learners
  • Excellence - develops nursing workforce that surpasses ordinary standards of care

The RN-BSN degree program at University of the Cumberlands is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education , 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.