Student Learning Outcomes

At Hood College, we are committed to teaching excellence. Program goals and learning outcomes identify what we expect students to learn, think critically about and accomplish in their courses and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe an integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study in the major and opportunities for internships and research initiatives is the best way to prepare students for lives of purpose and civic engagement.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Hood College:

  1. Integrate nursing science, humanities and behavioral and physical sciences as a basis for safe nursing practice including clinical reasoning, critical thinking and judgment.
  2. Provide caring and competent nursing care to culturally diverse clients in a changing and complex healthcare environment across the lifespan.
  3. Support optimal health outcomes for patients, families, communities and populations through actions that include health promotion, disease prevention, autonomy and advocacy.
  4. Utilize effective communication strategies to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to provide patient-centered care.
  5. Safely utilize information technologies to promote optimal patient care.
  6. Apply basic organizational and systems leadership for quality care, ethical practice, and patient safety.
  7. Cultivate professional development by making a commitment to life-long learning and professional activities.
  8. Evaluate the health policy, regulation, and payment process for the improvement of health care for all.
  9. Integrate research, ethical principles, and patient preference into clinical decision making through evaluative nursing practice.


Essential of Baccalaureate Education, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

I.      Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice 
II.     Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety 
III.    Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice 
IV.    Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology 
V.     Healthcare Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments 
VI.    Interprofessional Communications and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes 
VII.   Clinical Prevention and Population Health 
VIII.  Professionalism and Professional Values 
IX.    Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice