College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences

Philosophy And Mission


The mission of the College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences (COHPNS) is to create an innovative and inclusive academic environment that:

  • Respects the diverse backgrounds, abilities, and experiences of nursing, health science, and natural science students;
  • Critically examines topics confronting nursing, health science, and natural science disciplines;
  • Challenges nursing, health science, and natural science students to acquire new competencies to improve their competitiveness in the job market;
  • Embraces experiential learning and interprofessional collaboration;
  • Encourages nursing, health science, and natural science students to actively participate in the learning process; and
  • Influences nursing, health science, and natural science students to engage in lifelong learning.


The COHPNS will distinguish itself as a leader in providing innovative, inclusive, and career-oriented educational programs to meet the needs of diverse global communities.


The philosophy of the COHPNS reflects the beliefs and values of its faculty and staff.

We believe that:

  • Students are the purpose of our work.
  • Nursing, health science, and natural science students are adult learners with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and experiences.
  • Undergraduate and graduate degree programs must be innovative and viewed by learners as relevant to their discipline.
  • Knowledge is best obtained when students actively collaborate with faculty to set goals, plan learning experiences, and evaluate achievement.
  • Self-care is integral to student success.
  • Scholar-practitioner faculty serve as professional role models and facilitators of life-long learning.


  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Inclusivity
  • Diversity
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Opportunity
  • Self-Care

The COHPNS faculty acknowledges accountability to learners, the institution, the profession, and the community of interest through continuous, proactive development of their expertise. This accountability fosters career-oriented programs and scholar-practitioners who “take good care of our students.”

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing/Omicron Gamma Chapters

Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, is an organization that fosters scholarship in nursing. It is dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide by increasing the scientific base of nursing practice. In 1936, Sigma Theta Tau was the first organization in the United States to fund nursing research. It has worldwide recognition and respect.

Sigma Theta Tau was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. More than 405,000 nurse scholars have been inducted. With 130,000 active members, it is the second-largest nursing organization in the world. Members are active in more than 92 countries and territories. There are over 450 chapters on college campuses in the United States, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, and Tanzania.

Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders who exhibit exceptional achievements in nursing. Membership guidelines are determined by Sigma Theta Tau International. The benefits of membership in this organization are professional recognition, networking opportunities (grants/conferences), publications, and other resources.

To learn more about Sigma Theta Tau International, go to its home page at

Information About Local Chapter

Wilmington University College of Health Professions chapter, Omicron Gamma, received its charter in March 1998. By invitation, Omicron Gamma annually inducts nursing students and community members who exhibit a commitment to nursing excellence as scholars, leaders, practitioners, and innovators. The induction pledge emphasizes commitment to honor, community, service, and knowledge to perpetuate professional ideals.

To learn more about Omicron Gamma, go to its home page at

Program Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Wilmington University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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