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2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog 
2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog


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Department Office
Nichols Hall 256
(707) 664-2465

Chair, Dr. Krista Altaker

Sonoma State University’s mission is reflected in the Department of Nursing’s commitment to providing a foundation for lifelong learning and graduate nurses who practice within a broad cultural perspective, affirm intellectual and aesthetic achievements as a part of the human experience, develop professional leadership, foster flexibility and resilience, and contribute to the health and well-being of the world at large. The Department of Nursing recognizes nursing as a nurturing response, based upon a blend of art and science, occurring within a subjective and objective environment with the aim of developing the well-being of both nurse and client (client as individuals, families, communities, and organizations). Consistent with the philosophy and objectives is the consideration of students as unique individuals with varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, learning styles, and goals.

The Department of Nursing provides opportunities for learning using a variety of traditional and technology-mediated strategies. Courses may be taught using webstreaming, interactive and real-time electronic communications via computer for lecture, small group and seminar discussions, self-paced and self-directed independent study, and Internet tools that support lifelong intellectual and professional development.

The Department of Nursing enjoys a collaborative relationship with the health care delivery community within its service area and beyond. Consequently there are many clinical opportunities available. Students are placed in a variety of community-based hospitals and health care agencies. Graduates of both the baccalaureate and master’s programs are well prepared for careers in a variety of health care settings and roles in the community.

Sonoma State University’s nursing programs are approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


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