Mission, Vision, Philosophy


The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing (EMSON), an established entity within the College of Education and Health Professions, and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville serves to advance the profession of nursing by preparing graduates to meet ever-changing client needs for health care. The School of Nursing provides excellence in educational delivery to prepare nursing graduates at baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels.

The School of Nursing encourages a learner-centered approach to teaching and learning - meeting students where they learn best (Benner, et al., 2010). Students are considered active participants in the learning process toward professional role development that serves diverse populations of individuals, families and communities. Students deliver evidence-based nursing practice with a sense of inquiry to understand the client's personal experience as it relates to health and illness.

The School of Nursing supports life-long learning and advances scholarship through programs at all levels of preparation. Entry to practice is supported at the baccalaureate level through traditional programs and articulation options for practicing licensed nurses. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing provide the curricular framework for the professional program. We believe baccalaureate graduates are prepared to enter the profession with beginning leadership, critical thinking, and decision-making skills, capable of improving health care for individuals, families, and communities.

We believe that graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), with specialized preparation as educators, contribute to the nursing profession by applying evidence-based teaching and learning practices in a variety of settings with a focus on preparing undergraduate nurses for entry into the profession. The online MSN program is built upon The Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing and allows students from any location to receive quality education in the role of the professional nurse educator. Students apply theoretical foundations of teaching and learning as they advance educational programs for nursing students and client populations at the community, state, nation and global levels.

We believe that Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) graduates are prepared to provide leadership in application of evidence-based clinical practice and contribute to the development of nursing science through independent and collaborative participation in scholarly activities, focusing on the improvement of client care outcomes. Multiple entry options for the DNP program are offered. The online DNP program is built upon The Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Students receive advanced preparation in the foundations essential for the advanced practice role to develop clinical judgment and decision making to impact client outcomes at the point of care.

Graduates of all programs recognize the significance of inter-professional collaboration, health policy, uses of technological advances and client care coordination in attaining the highest functional outcomes for populations served. EMSON graduates function as change agents providing leadership to improve quality in health care.


The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing (EMSON) contributes to the three purposes of the University: Education, Research and Service. The mission of Eleanor Mann School of Nursing is to transform lives through nursing education and inspire leadership in nursing practice and academics to improve the health and well-being of society.


EMSON strives to be a recognized leader in nursing education, by preparing highly qualified nurses at multiple levels of academic preparation to demonstrate excellence in service through evidence based practice, teaching, and research.