The mission of the Shepherd University Department of Nursing Education is to enhance the health status of the region by educating professional nurses for practice in a rapidly changing health care environment. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program prepares professional nurses for entry into practice as nurse generalists. The Program also provides opportunities for registered professional nurses to continue their formal education at the baccalaureate level. In addition, the Department provides continuing nursing education opportunities for professional nurses in this region. Emphasis is placed on building a new foundation for pursuit of lifelong learning, personally and professionally, by providing a caring climate and student-faculty relationships that encourage the intellectual, ethical, and personal development of each student.