Mission & Strategic Aims

The mission of the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing is to prepare compassionate, professionally competent nurses whose practice and scholarship are scientifically based and grounded in humanizing the experience of health and illness. In keeping with the University's Jesuit, Catholic ideals, we focus on formation of the whole person and promotion of social justice. The William F. Connell School of Nursing educates students as reflective lifelong learners who use knowledge in service to others. The faculty develops and disseminates knowledge for the advancement of professional nursing practice and the improvement of health and health care for a diverse and global society.

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Nursing is the art and science of human caring. The recipients of nursing care are individuals, families, communities, and populations who are sick and well; culturally and linguistically diverse; within all socioeconomic strata; and at all stages in the life cycle. The study of nursing is based on a common intellectual heritage transmitted by a liberal education and the art and science of nursing. Nursing focuses on the life processes and patterns of the individual in the context of the family and the community and also the health needs of the population. Nursing recognizes the contribution of cultural diversity and social environments to the health/illness beliefs, practices, and behavioral responses of individuals and groups.

Nursing education prepares students for the appropriate level of knowledge and skills by building on the liberal arts and sciences. Nursing curricula are logically ordered to provide core knowledge and the application of that knowledge. The preparation for nursing care requires a holistic approach in education, and education is most effective when it involves active participation by the learner. Students are supported in developing clinical skills and the ability to think and act ethically. Students are active participants in shaping the learning environment within the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing.

The Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing instills the values of service to others, truth through scholarly inquiry, and justice through promoting equal access to care for all people. Service, scholarship, and justice in caring include all people in the global community, particularly the underserved. The faculty believe that promoting the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of health are essential to understanding the human dimension of holistic nursing care. Nurses engage in partnerships with individuals and groups to promote and optimize wellness. The nurse respects the uniqueness of the person and the individual's right to choose and actively participate in decisions about health care. Nursing promotes self-determination by empowering clients and advocating for those who cannot do so independently.

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1. Advance academic and clinical excellence in the context of values-based student formation.

2. Develop and disseminate knowledge through scholarly inquiry and research that advances nursing science.

3. Establish partnerships that foster global citizenship and knowledge about health care issues.

4. Develop and maintain an environment that supports inclusivity and fosters the success of a diverse, culturally sensitive faculty, staff, and student body.

5. Promote a culture of health through local community engagement.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The Connell School was most recently accredited in 2018 and earned a 10-year, full accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing. 

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing annually reviews the Connell School of Nursing’s baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing and has continued to award full approval status in compliance with 244 CMR 6.04: Standards for Nursing Education Program Approval.