General Education


Demonstrate effective communication skills both in person and in print.

Critical Thinking
Demonstrate effective critical thinking skills, including but not limited to, judging evidence, synthesizing information, constructing arguments, and solving problems.

Demonstrate the ability to adapt interactions to meet cultural and/or psychosocial needs of clients/patients and co-workers.

Demonstrate an understanding of ethics and the role they play in the health care providers’ personal and professional lives.

Demonstrate the ability to integrate the principles, theories, concepts, and facts learned in general education courses, including the ability to apply the scientific method to solve problems, into the specializations and in clinical practice.

Demonstrate the ability to use technology to find, evaluate, and apply information and subsequently to communicate that information to others accurately and concisely.

Mission, Vision & Values


To provide a framework, a scaffold, on which to layer instruction in the specializations and in clinical practice while preparing students for success in the workforce as .well as for additional educational success after graduation. To ensure the facts, theories, concepts, and principles learned in general education complement and reinforce learning in the specializations and experiences in clinical practice.


Having postsecondary credentials signals a level of sophistication and knowledge of the world, and general education provides the breadth and scope of learning to realize hopes of lifelong learning and community engagement. Progress toward achievement of general education student learning outcomes ensures advancement toward becoming not only well-prepared health care professionals but also better community members. Education in each of the specialization evolves from a combination of courses in general education, the specialization, and clinical practice, an amalgamation that provides the framework necessary for an individual to acquire the knowledge, values, principles, and skills essential for the provision of health care and development into a productive member of society.


Not surprisingly, general education values mirror institutional values: to graduate entry-level practitioners who demonstrate ability to think critically, communicate effectively, accept human diversity and deliver ethical and safe healthcare. Additionally, graduates of the College know how to draw on all their knowledge, not just technical skills in their chosen specializations, in order to solve problems and provide leadership.