Mission, Vision and Program Learning Outcomes


The Brookhaven Associate Degree Nursing program supports Brookhaven's mission and is dedicated to student success. The program is committed to preparing a caring, competent, professional nurse who is a successful practitioner, providing holistic care to a diverse population in an urban se​tting.


To be a nursing education center of excellence, producing competent and caring professional regist​ered nurses who promote health and wellness in the Dallas-Fort Worth community.​

American With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was enacted by Congress to prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Schools of nursing, like other state- and federally-funded entities, are required to comply with the stipulations of the ADA.

The ADA defines a qualified individual as an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodations, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires. In addition, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination in admissions of a qualified person with disabilities.

The ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 eligibility requirements vary depending on the type of services, activities and functions needed in particular areas. Because the practice of nursing is an applied discipline that uses cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor elements, students must be able to perform the functions that are necessary for the safe practice of nursing. Included are:

  • The ability to think critically and make clinical decisions.
  • The ability to interact appropriately with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
  • The ability to communicate clearly in verbal and written forms, so that students can communicate nursing actions such as health teaching.
  • The ability to move in small places. Students need to be able to move in clients’ rooms and bathrooms, into and out of work spaces, access treatment areas, and obtain needed emergency equipment when indicated. While health care agencies must meet ADA physical access standards, potential clients and equipment may limit the amount of available space in which to move.
  • The ability to demonstrate gross- and fine-motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care such that the student can move and position clients in and out of bed, calibrate and use equipment, and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • The ability to hear well enough to monitor and assess the client’s health needs such as the client’s cries for help, alarms on equipment, emergency signals and heart, lung and bowel sounds via auscultation.
  • The ability to see well enough to observe and assess the client’s health status and changes in condition such that the student can see grimacing, movement, changes in skin color and other critical assessment data. Students must be able to read fine print for medication.
  • Tactile capability sufficient for physical assessment so that the student can successfully perform palpation, note changes in skin temperature, perform skills related to therapeutic activities and identify by touch other changes in client condition.
  • The ability to physically care for clients, such as bathing or lifting an average-size client.​

We Want Our Students to Succeed!

Our student retention rate in this competitive and challenging program is more than 95 percent, much higher than other programs of its kind. This is directly related to the program’s philosophy and efforts to help students succeed at every point, says Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint, Executive Dean of Brookhaven’s Health and Human Services Division.

“We are here to help you achieve your goal, and we will do whatever it takes, but you must do your part,” says Dr. Flint.

Another tool to aid new students’ transition into the program is the “Success Camp,” which is held the week before classes begin the first semester. Sessions include critical thinking, time management and other skills crucial to success in the program, and they also provide time to bond with fellow students and instructors.

Nursing Program End-of-Program Learning Outcomes and Nursing Program Outcomes

The graduates of the Brookhaven Nursing program will be able to:

Nursing Program End-of-Program Learning Outcomes Nursing Program Outcomes
Integrate the body of nursing knowledge to provide safe care. (Provider of Care)Pass the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) pass rates ≥80%. (Provider of Care, Member of the Profession)
Utilize critical thinking to provide competent nursing care across the life span utilizing problem solving methods. (Provider of Care)Complete the Nursing program. Program completion rate ≥50%. (Member of the Profession)
Delegate appropriate nursing care to other health care workers. (Coordinator of Care)Find employment in nursing within six months of graduation. Job placement rate ≥ 75%. (Member of the Profession)
Manage material and human resources in a cost effective manner when caring for individuals and their families. (Manager of Care)Continue nursing education at a four-year institution. (Member of the Profession)
Practice within the ethical and legal framework of professional nursing. (Member of the Profession, Provider of Care) 
Demonstrate caring behaviors and a holistic nursing approach. (Member of the Profession, Provider of Care) 
Communicate therapeutically with clients, families, peers and other professionals. (Provider of Care) 
Communicate and collaborate effectively to resolve conflict in the health care environment. (Provider of Care) 
Integrate the teaching-learning process to restore health and/or to provide end of life care for individuals and their families. (Provider of Care) 
Maintain accountability/responsibility for professional nursing values, behaviors and growth. (Member of the Profession, Provider of Care)