FCC ADN Mission, Vision, Values and Philosophy


The Fresno City College Registered Nursing Department offers a quality, innovative associates degree education which prepares new graduate nurses capable of practicing safe, evidence-based care while promoting and responding to the health care needs of individuals within a diverse community.


The Fresno City College Registered Nursing Department will become the premiere associates degree in nursing program within California, whose graduates will be the nursing leaders of tomorrow.


Core values are fundamental to the success of the nursing profession.  Nursing faculty embrace, own, and are energized by these core values:

We are care givers committed to promoting the art and science of nursing while advocating for the safety and dignity of all patients.

We are committed to sharing and exploring new ideas through collaboration, respect for diversity, promoting equity, and professional development while utilizing the nursing process as our decision-making framework.

We will be leaders in healthcare, committed to promoting optimal health through therapeutic communication, patient education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

We promote excellence by providing a positive and supportive environment for all while promoting the health of our community.

We will encourage and build professionalism with fairness, civility, integrity, respect, and trust.


The Fresno City College Registered Nursing Program believes in the overall philosophy and objectives of the State Center Community College District. Being an integral part of the community college, the nursing program serves the educational needs of individuals within its sphere. The nursing program produces graduates capable of working in a variety of health care facilities and community settings.

Core components of our philosophy include:

Patient is defined as an individual, their support groups, and/or any group participating in and/or receiving nursing care. Each patient is viewed holistically through their dynamic components [physiological, psychological, cultural, ethnic, developmental, and spiritual] and is worthy of respect and concern and has a right to self-determination in meeting their needs. The patient must be included in the decision-making process.

The environment has internal and external components, which are constantly changing. The internal environment consists of cognitive, developmental, physiological, and psychological processes, while the external environment consists of the physical and social world. The dynamics of the internal and external environments constantly affect the patient’s ability to adapt and to maintain homeostasis.

Health is regarded as a state of equilibrium on a wellness-to-illness continuum. Individual health practices impact the value and meaning of health as determined by culture and society. Wellness is identified as successful management of multiple stresses from internal and external environments. Illness results when the bio-psycho-social system is disrupted. The patient’s ability to cope with illness is influenced by how successfully they are able to adapt within the health care environment. The perception of wellness to illness is a highly individualized process, which is influenced by the patient’s health beliefs and health behaviors.

Nursing is an interactive process that applies problem-solving interventions to meet the needs of the patient. Nursing facilitates the wellness-illness continuum supporting opportunities for the patient to achieve their optimal health/wellness. Nursing’s purpose is to assist the person/patient in maintaining health, preventing, or minimizing disease and disability, rehabilitating, and restoring wellness, and providing comfort and dignity in death. 

Education is a process involving active participation of both the student and the instructor. Nursing education blends the art and the science of nursing as well as integrating concepts from support courses and required prerequisite courses. Nursing education progresses from simple (basic) to complex and from normal to abnormal.  It is a complex collaborative process that includes the teaching-learning of theoretical concepts, clinical skills and attitudes that prepares graduates for competent practice.  Associate degree nursing education represents the entry level of professional nursing.


Students possess unique individual qualities that reflect their cultural and ethnic diversity, goals, and learning styles. In addition, differences in age, life experiences, support systems, education, and economic resources influence the students' learning processes.  The cognitive skills essential to the learning process in nursing education include analysis, synthesis, and the ability to transfer learning.  Students are empowered to become self-motivated, independent critical thinkers who accept personal accountability and responsibility in the learning process.  

FCC nursing faculty facilitate learning by directing, providing opportunity, and assisting students with the acquisition of knowledge and the mastery of clinical skills. They respect the differences unique to each student’s ethnic, cultural, spiritual, and learning needs.

FCC nursing faculty believe that students will learn best when learning goals are perceived as immediately useful and realistic as well as important and relevant to a person's personal, professional and career needs.  They are committed to the goal of graduating individuals who will function safely and efficiently as registered nurses in the health care community.