Mission & Strategic Aims

The mission of the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing is to prepare compassionate, professionally competent nurses whose practice and scholarship are scientifically based and grounded in humanizing the experience of health and illness. In keeping with the University's Jesuit, Catholic ideals, we focus on formation of the whole person and promotion of social justice. The Connell School of Nursing educates students as reflective lifelong learners who use knowledge in service to others. The faculty develops and disseminates knowledge for the advancement of professional nursing practice and the improvement of health and health care for a diverse global society.

The graduate of the baccalaureate program is prepared as a generalist who promotes, maintains, and restores the health of individuals, families, and communities/populations across the lifespan through evidence-based practice. The graduate of the master’s program is prepared as an advanced practice nurse with knowledge and skill to advance the discipline and to improve health care through leadership, mentorship, and evidence-based practice. The graduate of the doctoral program is prepared to engage in and contribute to theoretically driven research and scholarship that address significant problems in nursing and health care and to influence policy.

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1. Advance academic and clinical excellence in the context of values-based student formation.

2. Develop and disseminate knowledge through scholarly inquiry and research that advances nursing science.

3. Establish partnerships that foster global citizenship and knowledge about health care issues.

4. Develop and maintain an environment that supports inclusivity and fosters the success of a diverse, culturally sensitive faculty, staff, and student body.

5. Promote a culture of health through local community engagement.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The Connell School was most recently accredited in 2018 and earned a 10-year, full accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing. 

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing annually reviews the Connell School of Nursing’s baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing and has continued to award full approval status in compliance with 244 CMR 6.04: Standards for Nursing Education Program Approval.