The Lower Columbia College Nursing Program is committed to providing excellence in
nursing education that encompasses critical thinking, competencies in the role of
provider of care, manager of care and member in the discipline of nursing, with an
emphasis on life-long learning.
Each individual is viewed as a unique, complex, holistic and dynamic entity with biological, psychological,
social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. Individuals have intrinsic value, unconditional
worth and self determination. The dignity of each human being is to be protected and
respected. A patient/client can be an individual, family, or group, community, or
Health is a dynamic state of adaptation to stressors in the internal and/or external environment
in an attempt to achieve balance. Health is influenced by heredity, environment (including
social and ecological determinants), lifestyle, and choices.
Nursing is a discipline centered on the caring application of knowledge and skills to advocate
for patients, prevent illness or disability, optimize or restore health, alleviate
suffering, and facilitate wellness. Nursing integrates the concepts of person, health,
environment, and nursing therapeutics. Nursing relies on knowledge that is practical,
theoretical, and evidence-based.
Learning is a life-long process, which involves the assimilation of information to expand
one's knowledge and influences attitudes, beliefs, and/or behaviors. Learning builds
on previous experience.
Teaching facilitates the learning process to promote student success. It is a cooperative
endeavor between the instructor and student.
Nursing education builds upon information and concepts from several disciplines (language and literature,
biological science, physical science, social science, math), and incorporates the
affective, cognitive, and psychomotor learning domains.
The nursing curriculum progresses from simple to complex information, concepts, and skills. It is designed
to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for nursing practice,
promote competence, and foster the growth of independent thought, purposeful judgment
and critical thinking.
The associate degree nurse is a generalist whose nursing practice encompasses the roles of provider of care,
manager of care, and member of the nursing profession.
The end-of-program student learning outcomes (EPSLOs) are benchmarks developed by
the nursing faculty to establish a baseline of competent nursing practice for the
entry-level registered nurse graduating from our program. The EPSLOs guide the faculty
in delivering a curriculum that prepares graduates of our program for competent and
Upon completion of the nursing program at Lower Columbia College, all students will
be able to
QSEN competencies addressed: Safety, evidence-based practice, quality improvement
QSEN competencies addressed: Safety, patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration
QSEN competencies addressed: Patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, safety,
QSEN competencies addressed: Safety, informatics, evidence-based practice, quality
QSEN competencies addressed: Patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration
QSEN competencies addressed: Safety, patient-centered care
Read more about Global Skills assessment at LCC.
Read more about Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies.