Nursing Programs

Our Mission


MWCC provides relevant, high quality learning opportunities and services that respond to diverse student and community needs, foster student success, and stimulate civic, workforce, and economic vitality.

Our Mission Principles

Mount Wachusett Community College’s faculty and staff actualize institutional mission by adhering to the following operating principles:

  • Teaching and Learning Excellence…our central purpose. The pursuit of educational excellence drives institutional operations, management, and effectiveness. We commit to high quality instruction, innovative curriculum, and personalized support.
  • Potential for Success. We believe all students, whatever skill level or background, have the potential to learn and grow. We equip students with essential learning skills to be successful lifelong learners able to adapt easily in a changing world. We maintain a supportive learning environment. We enable learning by actively engaging students in the learning process and providing the academic, technology, and personal support services that meet unique student needs and enable student success.
  • Responsive, Relevant, and High Quality Programs and Services. We offer a broad yet focused array of credit and noncredit learning opportunities that facilitate transfer to baccalaureate institutions of higher education, workforce entry and/or advancement, and the development of fundamental academic and learning skills essential for successful transition to college and the workplace.
  • Community Engagement, Development, and Impact. We actively listen to and support our diverse regional communities, serving as a vital catalyst for economic and workforce growth and development, civic engagement, a seamless PK-16 system of public education, cultural enrichment, and positive change and improvement. We engage in regional alliances to solve economic, educational, and civic problems impacting the community

Mission and Philosophy of the Nursing Program

The Mission of the department of nursing is to prepare persons for licensure as nurses. The department serves the needs of the Commonwealth for safe, contemporary nursing care of its citizens. Students are educated in the care of the person of diverse age, gender, race, cultural, socioeconomic, and health status within a variety of structured health care settings according to the respective scope of practice delineated by CMR 244.3.00.

The department of nursing is committed to providing cost effective quality education to a diverse student population. This goal is accomplished by promoting opportunity for students to experience

  1. a motivating learning environment that encourages enthusiasm and pride in the profession of nursing;
  2. the opportunity to obtain knowledge and develop understanding of nursing practice;
  3. the opportunity to increase knowledge of self and others, thereby encouraging personal and professional growth;
  4. an atmosphere that encourages students to actively participate in co learning experiences needed for beginning level of nursing practice.

Nursing education is a lifelong process. The basic assumption of nursing education is that there is a body of knowledge, skills, and behaviors that can be learned. Learning occurs as the student incorporates the concepts and skills afforded by diverse learning situations, applies them, and evaluates the outcomes. Identifying opportunities for further learning is an essential component of nursing education. Becoming a nurse is an experiential, maturational, developmental process, which proceeds from the simple to the complex in knowledge, behavior, and skill attainment. The faculty believe that teaching and learning are interactive processes and expect the student to assume an active role. A variety of instructional strategies are used to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving, thereby enabling the learner to transfer knowledge and skills from the didactic to the clinical settings. These skills enable the nurse to make decisions and take actions that are consistent with standards for nursing
practice and licensing laws.

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