Nursing: Philosophy Statement

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The Associate Degree nursing program at Cumberland County College provides an education that is flexible, progressive, and sensitive to the changing needs of the individual, significant support person(s), and community. In keeping with the college’s mission statement, the nursing program strives to empower students through excellence in higher education and community leadership.


Nursing education at Cumberland County College is a process that facilitates changes in behavior, the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function in the role of the entry-level registered nurse. The curriculum is conceptually based and founded on principles of adult learning. Faculty believe that learning is a continuous process that results in a change of behavior and occurs when the adult learner is challenged and motivated to enhance personal knowledge.

The underlying philosophy of the nursing curriculum at CCC is based upon Humanism. Humanistic philosophy allows for the fulfillment of one’s potential towards self-actualization. Humanism promotes self-direction, independence, creativity, curiosity, and the ability to take responsibility for life-long learning. The concept based curriculum enhances critical thinking, acquisition of nursing related knowledge, skills and attitudes. Humanism incorporates a number of theories including those of Jean Watson, Patricia Benner, and Abraham Maslow. 

Teaching and learning is an interactive process between teacher and learner. The responsibility of the faculty of Cumberland County College Associate Degree Nursing Program is to facilitate the student’s understanding and ability to meet the competencies for nursing practice through the design and evaluation of learning experiences. The nursing student is responsible for actively participating in learning experiences to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide quality patient-centered, evidence-based nursing care.