Mission Statement and Program Goals

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We the faculty of the Nursing Department at Dalton State College believe that our mission is to prepare students for employment as safe, caring, beginning nurse generalists who will assist in meeting the health care needs and improving the overall quality of life within the region.  Our mission corresponds with the four core commitments of the Dalton State College mission as found in the Dalton State Catalog.

  • selection, support, and development of a talented, caring faculty and staff dedicated to scholarship and creating an open, cooperative, technologically enhanced learning environment.
  • excellence in a learning environment dedicated to serving a diverse student body, promoting high levels of student achievement, and providing a range of educational and student life opportunities and appropriate academic support
  • public service through economic development and cultural activities that address the needs and improve the quality of life of the region.
  • continuous improvement in all aspects of its operations through the use of inclusive, participatory planning and meaningful assessment.

In fulfilling the first core commitment, The School of Nursing employs full time faculty with a minimum Masters Degree preparation. Many of the nursing faculty maintain additional certifications in a variety of specialty areas. These faculty members are dedicated to ensuring student success through team teaching efforts, and a technologically enhanced learning environment using human patient simulators, online course offerings and the use of clinical facilities with electronic medical record systems.

The second core commitment is fulfilled through providing students with exceptional learning opportunities in a wide variety of health care related areas that serve diverse patient populations. Supporting, encouraging, and recognizing the abilities, values, cultural, and gender diversity of the student population are priorities in promoting the success of our graduates.

In fulfilling the third core commitment, a commitment to public service is demonstrated by collaborative efforts with other DSC faculty and staff, local hospitals, agencies and schools. Faculty, staff and students frequently volunteer their knowledge and skills at local events or activities that seek to address health promotion, higher education, or support the mission of Dalton State College.

Every faculty and staff member of The School of Nursing continually strives to ensure fulfillment of the fourth and final core commitment. In order to meet the needs of our graduates and their employers as well as to ensure instruction is current and relevant to health care, data are collected from a variety of areas and evaluated to continually improve the quality of education and instruction. Each member of the nursing faculty serves on various college wide committees involved with planning and assessing the purpose and mission of the college.

In fulfilling the mission of the school and the college, we seek to inspire our students to be active members within the nursing profession. As we look to the future and our place in a competitive, global society, we seek to become more student-oriented and community-centered. Successful completion of the new graduate outcomes enable graduates to realize their career goals and function safely and effectively as beginning nurse generalists.


The mission/purpose of Dalton State College School of Nursing is to prepare students for employment as safe, effective registered nurses.


  1. In any given semester, the attrition rate of students failing to progress in the program due to academic failure in nursing will not be greater than 15%.
  2. Graduation rates of students who complete the program within a three year time period upon entrance into the first nursing class shall be at least 70%.
  3. The graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program who take the NCLEX-RN examination within one year of graduation will pass on the first try at a pass rate at or above the national average.
  4. After six months of employment, a majority of graduates will express satisfaction with their educational preparation at Dalton State College.
  5. Eighty percent (80%) of employers of Dalton State College nursing graduates will express satisfaction with the performance of the graduates after six months of employment in the areas of critical thinking, communication and therapeutic nursing interventions.
  6. Within three months of passing the NCLEX-RN, 75% of Dalton State College graduates will be employed as staff nurses in hospitals and similar agencies.
  7. After six months of employment, 80% of graduates will have participated in professional growth activities. Professional growth activities are defined as:
    1. the regular reading of nursing literature
    2. attendance at workshops/seminars/in services
    3. participation in a professional organization
    4. continuation of formal education
  8. Each faculty member will attend at least five continuing education programs per year.
  9. The physical facilities, supplies, and instructional materials will adequately support instruction.
  10. The learning resources including library and instructional materials are comprehensive, current and available.
  11. There will be a systematic evaluation of the unit in nursing, program of learning and the graduate which will be used for development, maintenance and revision of the program, and/or program outcomes.