The San Diego City College Nursing Education Program supports the mission and values of San Diego City College and provides excellence in education leading to an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) in an effort to meet the healthcare needs of our region.

The San Diego City College Nursing Education Department is committed to advancing the art and science of Nursing by challenging a diverse student population to develop sound clinical judgment, leadership and life-long learning for employment in a dynamic healthcare environment.

The Nursing Education Program supports the values of San Diego City College, maintaining a climate that promotes learning, understanding and respect for students, faculty, staff, community and environment.

Commitment to Academic Excellence - The nursing education faculty supports interactive learning and knowledge acquisition by fostering application of evidence based research to nursing practice throughout the healthcare community.
Appreciation of Diversity - The nursing education department promotes inclusiveness, respect and the value of each individual.
Collegiality - We value the contributions of all members of the college and community partners to dialogue and decision making.
Commitment to Student Success - We value student support services as essential to students achieving success.
Integrity - Integrity and honesty are expected and practiced.
Caring - We support and promote a culture of caring in the nursing program and healthcare community.

Accountability - We are accountable to our profession, community, college and students for maintaining the highest standards of instruction and nursing practice to meet student learningoutcomes and the needs of the healthcare community.

The nursing education program is based on philosophical beliefs inherent to the practice of nursing and education. The statement of philosophy adopted by the nursing faculty is consistent with and supportive of the mission and values of the San Diego Community College District and San Diego City College.

The faculty believes technological and social advances in healthcare create an ongoing need for the adaptation of nursing education and the profession of nursing, to meet the ever changing needs of society.  

We believe that the Registered Nurse, as a member of the healthcare team, uses the nursing process to assist clients to their optimum level of function.  The client is a participant in the client centered care.

Curriculum and course sequence progress from simple to complex knowledge and skills with emphasis on nursing process, caring, problem solving and critical thinking. There are philosophical values critical to and inherent in nursing and nursing education, that is the foundation on which educational experiences are structured. Student Learning Outcomes guide the nursing curriculum.

Included in the philosophy are the definitions of the basic concepts of person, environment, health, nursing, education, teaching and learning, which follow:


Person refers to a unique individual with physiological, psychological, social, cultural, developmental and spiritual dimensions that are in constant interaction with the environment.


Environment consists of internal and external factors that impact the individual.


Health is a dynamic state of equilibrium that exists on a continuum between optimal functioning, or wellness, and alterations in functioning, or illness. Health is affected by lifestyle behaviors and the ability to maintain basic human needs.


Nursing is an art and applied science based on principles from the biological, physical and behavioral sciences which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems. It is client centered and designed to assist the individual to achieve and maintain maximum functioning throughout the life span. Nurses collaborate with health team members to provide quality care based on physiological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs. The practice of nursing is based upon a unique body of knowledge derived from a synthesis of multidisciplinary and nursing research resulting in evidence based practice. Nursing is an evolving profession which requires a continuing commitment to learning.


Education is a dynamic and synergistic process of sharing information between individuals resulting in measurable changes in the knowledge and behavior of the learner. Education respects the individuality of students and recognizes that each student has different educational, experiential, cultural, spiritual, economic and social backgrounds and a unique support system. The aim of education is to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in a positive, innovative environment moving from beginning (simple) to advanced competencies (complex). This requires a collaborative effort to create a student centered environment conducive to learning.


Teaching is the responsibility of nurse educators to utilize sound educational practices and theoretical concepts to facilitate students’ achievement of their highest potential. Recognition of differences in individual needs, learning styles, ethnicity and cultural backgrounds are essential components in effective teacher-learner interactions. The teacher functions as a professional role model in the classroom and clinical settings and maintains expertise by engaging in professional growth activities.


Learning occurs via a dynamic and synergistic process that prepares the learner to function effectively as an entry-level registered nurse, provider of care across the health/illness continuum and as a member within the profession. It is the responsibility of the learner to fully utilize all educational opportunities.