Vision, Mission, & Goals


To be the best College of Nursing in the state and region, nationally recognized in improving health through the innovation and integration of teaching, research, service, scholarship, and practice.


The mission of the College of Nursing is to facilitate the health of the community through excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, service, scholarship, and practice.


  • Provide highest quality nursing education programs.

  • Provide BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD graduates to address nursing workforce needs. Provide culturally diverse and international opportunities for students and faculty.

  • Engage in faculty, staff, and/or student research and scholarly activities that improve health and advance nursing knowledge.

  • Deliver innovative health care in partnership with communities.

  • Influence systems and policies, through professional leadership and collaboration, to improve individual and community health.

  • Engage in interprofessional education, research, service, scholarship, and health care delivery.


East Tennessee State University pursues its mission through a student-centered community of learning reflecting high standards and promoting a balance of liberal arts and professional preparation, continuous improvement, and based upon core values. The College of Nursing faculty and staff will support and exhibit the university’s core values as follows:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;

RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity, and trust;

DIVERSITY of people and thought is respected;

EXCELLENCE is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;

EFFICIENCY is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and

COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

Approved by Faculty Council May 13, 2014


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