Nursing Program
The philosophical framework of the Nursing Program at the Bethesda College of Health Sciences reflects the influence of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale and her contemporaries of the holistic and caring traditions, combined with the primary nursing theory of Jean Watson. These provide a foundation for understanding the relationships, interactions and influences that exist within the current nursing environment, the modern interdisciplinary focus, and, the health professions' core competencies.

The associate degree graduate is prepared for beginning professional nursing practice in both acute care and community settings. The graduate interacts and establishes relationships, honoring human diversity, with individuals, families and groups across the life span and utilizes the nursing process to create, implement and evaluate a mutually holistic plan for maximum healing. By adhering to the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, the graduate demonstrates competence, continuing self-improvement and personal wellness.