The philosophy, curriculum, and objectives of the program are designed to develop the intellectual, social, and cultural potential of each student in accordance with Moorpark College's stated beliefs and purposes.  The purpose of the program is to prepare a beginning practitioner of nursing to function safely across practice settings. 

Orem's self-care concept of nursing is consistent with the faculty's beliefs and serves as the unifying framework.  Theoretical guidelines for student progression and evaluation are modeled after Benner's concepts of novice practitioner to expert.  Faculty reason that the nursing student cannot progress to the "expert" practitioner level during their nursing curriculum; therefore, expectations for student progression within the program are to become a proficient practitioner.

Health Sciences Scientific Literacy and Core Competency:

The Student will:

  • Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Demonstrate scientific inquiry by evidence gathered through observation (health history, interview, and physical examination).
  • Discuss the scientific method to develop reliable knowledge about health promotion and wellness, treatment, and response to illness.
  • Apply scientific reasoning and analysis to solve discipline specific problems.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in solving client problems
  • Evaluate specific observations about the clients and their bio-psychosocio-spiritual realms and relate them to scientific questions, hypotheses, and theories.
  • Apply scientific thinking by critically evaluating real client problems and situations.
  • Intervene based on analysis of client assessment data.
  • Evaluate client response to interventions and alter plan of care as needed.
  • Utilize scientific rationales for interventions and evaluation of client outcomes.
  • Utilize scientific/medical terminology in communicating results and evidence gathered through scientific literature, observations, and interventions.
  • Report and document results of scientific inquiry (critical thinking process).
  • Communicate effectively with clients and the interdisciplinary team.
  • Utilize therapeutic communication techniques.
  • Demonstrate responsible, ethical, and legal behavior.
  • Adhere to professional standards of practice.
  • Follow professional code of ethics.
  • Practice within legal guidelines.

Our Faculty believes...  


  • Is a scientific, community-based dynamic profession which is an integral part of health care services; it's practitioners value caring, integrity, ethical practice, diversity, education, service and quality
  • Gives assistance to the individual who is unable to meet self-care requirements to maintain, attain and/or regain health or a peaceful death
  • Goals are to empower individuals toward self-care and to increase the health; healing and well-being of individuals, families and communities
  • Utilizes the nursing process for knowledgeable decision making and judgment, based on critical thinking, clinical competence, collaboration and accountability
  • Provides relationship-centered care characterized by caring and inclusive communications
  • Roles are provider of care, manager of care, and contributor to the nursing profession

The Individual is:

  • A bio-psycho-socio-cultural-spiritual being with dignity, unconditional worth and rational powers
  • Viewed within the context of their environment

Health is:

  • A changing state on the wellness-illness continuum
  • The structural and functional soundness and wholeness of the individual
  • Determined by the individual's values, beliefs and ability to meet self care requisites or health deviations

Caring for self and others is:

  • A basic way of being which is central to nursing
  • Enhanced through self-awareness and personal empowerment
  • A major theme in becoming a knowledgeable, compassionate individual able to respond to human needs
  • Learned by experiencing caring practices between: students and teachers, students and students, nurses and clients and health care team members

The Nursing Process is:

An organizing framework for professional nursing practice. Components of the process include performing a nursing assessment, making nursing diagnoses, planning, writing outcome/goal statements, determining appropriate nursing interventions, implementing care, and evaluating the nursing care that has been given.

  • Assessment and nursing diagnosis identify the client's universal and developmental self-care demands and health deviations.
  • Establishment of client outcomes/goals aim to prevent illness, meet the client's self care demand, restore health, move the client toward independent self-care or adaptation to self-care interruptions/decline, and transfer responsibility to family or significant others within the community setting.
  • Implementation of nursing interventions  can be preventive (educative/supportive) or restorative (wholly/partially compensatory).
  • Evaluation of outcomes determines if the goals have been met; if not, the nursing process is begun again, starting with assessment.