UMA offers a choice of nursing programs that provide outstanding preparation for practice in structured health care settings such as hospitals, nursing care facilities, and community-based agencies. Our offerings will also prepare you with the perfect way to advance in your career and prepare for graduate school.




The Nursing Program faculty believes that an individual is a holistic being with basic human needs aligning with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  Basic Human Needs are fundamental physiologic, psychological, social, and spiritual requirements for the well-being and health of an individual.

Health is a dynamic state in which individuals adapt to internal and external environments to strive for optimal well-being and quality of life.  Health incorporates human needs, developmental processes, and the ability to maximize individual potential.  Each person has the right to participate in decisions which affect health.

The Nursing Faculty embraces the philosophy of Relationship Centered Care, which is the intentional cultivation of relationships.  Relationship Centered Care encompasses the values of respect for dignity and uniqueness of others, valuing diversity, integrity, humility, mutual trust, self-determination, empathy and the capacity for grace and empowerment.


Values and Beliefs about Nursing

Nursing is a caring profession with a goal of assisting clients to achieve an individual level of wellness through a holistic caring approach. The client enters the health care delivery system for assistance in managing health needs.  The profession requires clinical reasoning skills in order to make sound nursing care decisions, which incorporate accountability and integrity.  Professional nursing actions are also based on a body of knowledge that is the integration of theory from the arts, humanities, physical sciences, and caring-humanistic sciences.


Values and Beliefs About Nursing Education.

Consistent with UMA's strong commitment to the adult learner, the Nursing Program has incorporated the principles of adult education in its curriculum.  Learning is a linked effort of faculty and students that fosters life-long self-directed learning, critical thinking skills, and personal and professional growth. Learning is a continuous process, which involves the student’s intellect, feelings, values, interests, and past experiences. The role of the faculty member is that of experienced teacher, facilitator, resource person, the role model of care and self-care, and the architect of a climate for learning. Faculty and students become partners in the relationship centered educational experience.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares graduates for entry level nursing positions and for baccalaureate level studies by providing a foundation in general studies, sciences, nursing, and use of technologies. The ASN graduate is prepared to provide and manage holistic, caring, evidence-based nursing care of clients across the life-span, in a variety of structured settings. The graduate is prepared to function collaboratively as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. 

At the Bachelor’s level of education, an integral educational framework approach is utilized to further examine the health potential of self, patients, and communities, while enhancing the students’ understanding of healing and holism. The Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program prepares registered nurses for leadership roles in nursing, while supporting their ability to create caring-healing sustainable holistic nursing practices. This is achieved through the practices of self-reflection and self-care.  

Students are offered the opportunity to explore holistic-healing elective courses, which can be utilized in various practice settings. The BSN graduate has enhanced opportunities for career growth and is prepared for and encouraged to pursue graduate level studies.


Educational Delivery Modalities

In fulfilling our commitment to students’ learning needs, and in response to continual changes in healthcare, the faculty are committed to the integration of technology throughout the curriculum. The ASN and BSN curricula are delivered via a variety of contemporary learning platforms, including hybrid, web-based, traditional, and simulation. 

Ultimately, the UMA nursing graduate is prepared to utilize nursing theory, technology, and evidenced-based knowledge in the provision of holistic relationship centeredcare to the client, family, and the global community, with flexibility to adapt to the changing nature of health care and health care roles.