College of Nursing
The College of Nursing is the twelfth college to be
established at the university. Educating nurses since 1979 first as a department then as a school and now as a college and offering a bachelor’s, master’s and two doctorate degree programs. The college has
recently moved adjacent to UCF’s main campus to a university-owned building in
Central Florida Research Park. Occupying three floors of University Towers, the
new facility features modern offices and classrooms, a student learning center,
computer labs, and several teaching labs for simulation and skill-building.
The college has
achieved prominence as an innovator in nursing education, responding to a
changing population with complex health care needs. The faculty of the college
values access to education and embrace opportunities to utilize advanced
technology, innovation and creativity to provide graduates with the highest
quality education at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels.
Today's challenging health care environment provides unique opportunities for nursing. Nurses are
needed more than ever to provide evidence-based patient care, serve in
leadership roles, teach, engage in research, and in influence policy.
The mission of the
College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida is to offer
high-quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs designed to prepare
nurses to practice in a continuously changing health care environment; to
foster quality care and patient safety; to provide innovative access to
education and research; to develop nurse clinicians, leaders and scholars who
promote the health of diverse populations in local, national and global
communities; and to touch lives, lead by example and make a difference through
clinical excellence, research and community service.
scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence are the core values that
guide our conduct, performance, and decisions. These values have been
incorporated into a UCF Creed that describes behavior for members of the UCF
community, including faculty, staff and students of the College of Nursing.
- Integrity: We practice and defend academic and personal
- Scholarship: We cherish and honor learning as a
fundamental purpose of our membership in the UCF community.
- Community: We promote
an open and supportive college environment by respecting the rights and
contributions of every individual.
- Creativity: We use our talents to enrich the human
- Excellence: We strive toward the highest standards of
performance in any endeavor we undertake.
Our Vision for our
As a thriving member
of Orlando’s medical city and Central Florida’s health care community, the
College of Nursing will be one of the nation’s preeminent leaders in nursing
education, practice and research. The college will establish partnerships with
some of the nation’s most innovative leaders to model new best practices that
harness evolving technology and ensure quality patient outcomes.
- We will create a
state-of-the-art educational facility that cultivates a learning environment
that promotes and develops the health and well-being of our students and
faculty to produce a sustainable workforce in our communities.
- Our proximity to and
partnership with leaders in the biomedical and health care industries will
provide countless opportunities for collaborative research and clinical
- We will offer the
benefits of a large, metropolitan research university while providing
individual attention and maintaining a sense of community for our students and
- Students and faculty
will continue to thrive in a trusting environment where diversity is celebrated
and individual ideas and talents are mutually respected and supported.
- Students, graduates
and faculty will continue to shape the future of health care locally,
nationally and globally by delivering health care services to individuals and
communities, influencing health care policy, and contributing to science
through their own nursing research.
- We will achieve our
vision through commitment to sustainability, community partnerships, innovative
teaching methods, and service learning; and by fostering excellence in
teaching, research, service and practice.
- Mary Lou Sole, Dean
- Susan Chase, Associate Dean