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On behalf of the faculty and students from the Department of Nursing at Briar Cliff University, we want to warmly welcome you to our home on the web and to Briar Cliff University! We look forward to sharing our program and activities with you and also hearing from you. Please contact us by phone or e-mail if we can be of any help to you.

The BSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). You may contact CCNE at One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 30326, by phone at 202.887.8476 or at www.aacn.nche.edu.

Richard A. Petersen, EdD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor and Chairperson,
Department of Nursing
712-279-1662, 1-800-662-3303 ext 1662 or rick.petersen@briarcliff.edu

Our faculty believe that
  • Health is a state of being and becoming, an inherent right, and an individually chosen value.
  • Nursing is a discipline with a unique body of knowledge that helps inform nurses and others of health and quality of life.
  • Baccalaureate education offers students and opportunity to obtain a liberal arts education, to elect areas of study which will benefit them as persons and professionals, and to develop competencies in a chosen discipline. Baccalaureate level nursing competencies require the development of a scholarly approach to the study of nursing as an intellectual discipline.

As a Catholic Franciscan University, inspired by our dedication to God as Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier, we value the sanctity of human life, human community, service, openness to all and hold a reverence for all of creation.  

 Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Nursing at Briar Cliff University is to promote health, healing and hope of persons and the community and to advocate for social justice and healthy environments.

This mission is lived primarily but not exclusively in educating baccalaureate and master's prepared nurses within an environment that:

  1. fosters wholistic personal and professional development
  2. prepares nurses who engage in reflective practice related to health and quality of life in a variety of health care settings
  3. develops nurses who participate in ethical decision making related to health and quality of life
  4. provides a foundation for critical thinking and for the development, integration, and evaluation of new or expanded knowledge into practice
  5. provides a foundation for continued learning, and for graduate and post-graduate education in nursing

In living this mission, The Department of Nursing at Briar Cliff University will be the life-long nursing education provider of choice regionally for degree and non-degree programs. Foundational to this mission is an organic integration of faith, learning, and service and is lived in relationship as the Department of Nursing, its faculty, and students develop and continue collaborative partnerships with other health care, faith based, and social service providers and the public at large.