Nursing Program Mission and Philosophy


The mission of the Yakima Valley College Practical Nursing Program is to provide quality nursing education that reflects the College’s commitment to enrich and enhance individuals and the community by delivering accessible, student-centered education. The Practical Nursing Program is designed to prepare successful critical thinkers and lifelong learners who are equipped to meet the current and future health care needs of the local and global community.


Diversity – affirming the uniqueness of and differences among persons, ideas, values, and ethnicities

Caring – showing compassion for others

Integrity – respecting the dignity, moral wholeness, and ethical principles of every person without conditions or limitation; honesty

Excellence – co-creating and implementing transformative strategies with daring ingenuity

Collaboration – working jointly with individuals and multidisciplinary teams.


Nursing education at the certificate level at Yakima Valley College is a process that facilitates changes in behavior and the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function in the role of an entry-level nurse. The curriculum incorporates the principles of Malcolm Knowles Adult Learning Theory, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, Tanner’s Clinical Judgment Model, and Patricia Benner’s concepts of the transition from novice to expert in nursing practice.