The mission of this program is to prepare outstanding BSN nurses who are committed to excellence in nursing practice and to their communities. This mission is accomplished through the transmission of knowledge and critical thinking skills in regards to nursing practice and the human experience of health, illness and community. The program equips the new graduate nurse with the knowledge and skills necessary to function more independently in clinical decision-making, provide direct patient care, delegate appropriately, and supervise unlicensed assistive personnel. Students who have completed the Co-op program can adequately provide guidance to patients through the maze of health care options and resources. Graduates have the confidence to educate patients on various treatment regimens, while encouraging them to embrace the changes necessary for a healthy lifestyle.