College of Health Professions

About the College of Health Professions

The purpose of graduate nursing education at Wilmington University is to stimulate personal and professional growth of individual students as well as the advancement of the nursing profession. The graduate nursing faculty encourages students to synthesize knowledge, strengthen communication skills, and be empowered to promote care and advocacy of diverse groups. The faculty strongly agree that “The advanced practice nurse of the third millennium must be technically competent, use critical thinking and decision models, possess vision that is shared with colleagues and consumers, and function in a vast array of roles” (Milstead, 2009, p. 275).

The philosophy may be read in its entirety on the College home page at

Mission and Goals

Our mission is to create an academic environment for undergraduate and graduate health professions education that:

Acknowledges the competence of health professionals with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and experiences;

Challenges health professionals to acquire new skills to respond to the changing health needs of individuals, families, and communities;

Guides health professionals to critically examine the issues confronting health care;

Encourages health professionals to participate effectively in the learning process; and

Influences health professionals to pursue lifelong learning.


The master’s programs prepare graduates to:

Function effectively in advanced nursing practice roles in a variety of settings.

Engage in personal and professional development through life-long learning.

Broaden career mobility and opportunities in nursing.

The DNP program prepares graduates to:

Be experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. Provide clinical leadership in the delivery of culturally competent care.

Function effectively in advanced nursing practice roles at the highest level of clinical competence in a variety of settings.

Contribute to health care models based on contemporary nursing science, organizational, political, cultural, and economic principles.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing/Omicron Gamma Chapters

Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, is an organization that fosters scholarship in nursing. It is dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide by increasing the scientific base of nursing practice.

Wilmington University’s College of Health Professions’ chapter, Omicron Gamma, received its charter in March, 1998. By invitation, Omicron Gamma annually inducts nursing students and community members who exhibit commitment to nursing excellence as scholars, leaders, practitioners, and innovators. The induction pledge emphasizes commitment to honor, community, service, and knowledge to perpetuate professional ideals.

Program Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate and master’s Nursing programs at Wilmington University are fully accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) since 2001.

CCNE is a widely recognized accrediting body that focuses on Baccalaureate and Graduate degree programs in Nursing. As of 2008, CCNE has accredited over 76% of all baccalaureate nursing programs and 86% of master’s degree nursing programs across the country.


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