Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Transforming Health Care

Welcome to the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing at Nova Southeastern University, where you'll be at the heart of health care transformation. We are committed to empowering our students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become transformational leaders in the nursing field. Our mission, vision, and core values form the foundation of our college, driving us toward a shared purpose of excellence and impact.

The College of Nursing's Program Outcomes reflect our alignment with NSU, our Mission, our Vision, and various professional nursing organizations.

Discover your potential with a degree from NSU today.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs within an atmosphere of scholarly inquiry, professional values, interprofessional collaboration, social determinants of health, and community service in preparing nurse leaders at all levels.


NSU’s College of Nursing will be nationally and internationally recognized for preparing transformational leaders in health care who are valued for excellence in nursing practice, education, and research.

Our Core Values


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Relevant knowledge, skilled, expertise, high quality, effective. Competence is having the expertise, knowledge, and skills to successfully and efficiently perform the roles of one’s profession.  


Advocacy, managing, taking responsibility, protecting, engaged.  Stewardship is advocating and protecting resources entrusted to one’s care.


Ethical, consistent, fair, morally accountable, moral character, honorable, honest, consistent, admitting when wrong. Integrity is the quality of consistently adhering to a code of honesty, accountability, and being ethically moral. 


Risk-taker, acting on beliefs, speaking up, perseverance, passion, confidence.  Courage is the aptitude to uphold one’s convictions and demonstrate confidence to act in accordance with one’s beliefs with moral courage in the face of popular opposition.


Innovative, visionary, imaginable, resourceful, transcending.  Creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ideas, patterns, and rules as well as having the capacity to construct meaningful new ideas, methods, and interpretations. 


Caring, empathy, helping, supporting.  Compassion is an active desire to alleviate another’s distress through caring, empathy, supporting, and helping others.

Since 2012, NSU has graduated more than 18,300 health care professionals, including more than 8,100 nurses.

A Degree Worth Your While

male nursing student doing demonstration in classroomDedicated to advancing health care and nursing education, the NSU College of Nursing stands as a beacon of excellence in the field. Our fully-accredited programs offer a comprehensive range of degrees, from bachelor's to master's and doctoral levels. You’ll learn how to deliver patient-centered care from experienced practitioners who bring case studies to life.

Since 2012, NSU has graduated more than 18,300 health care professionals, including more than 8,100 nurses. There’s a reason the U.S. News & World Report ranked our program among the nation’s best:

  • High-tech simulation labs that immerse you in realistic, clinical situations.
  • Clinical experiences in diverse populations.
  • Personalized support from expert-level faculty.
  • Nationally accredited programs from entry to professional practice to terminal doctoral nursing practice degrees.
  • Flexible on-campus and online programs that fit your lifestyle.

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