Goals of Nursing Education

Vision and History


Graduates of the College of Nursing are able to promote human dignity, altruism, autonomy and social justice. They are also able to contribute to the development of nursing and society, both as individual citizens and as professional nurses. Graduates of the College of Nursing are able to assume leadership roles in nursing and contribute to improvement in the overall quality of health care.


After becoming a four-year baccalaureate nursing program in 1957, the College of Nursing became a separate and independent college in 1968. In 1963, a program leading to a Masters of Science in Nursing was initiated and in 1977, the doctoral program in Nursing Science was accredited by the Ministry of Education. In 1995, the College of Nursing became the first in Korea to allow, through an RN-BSN program, non-baccalaureate nurses to obtain BSN degrees. The Graduate School of Nursing Science, which was established in 2001, offers a masters degree program and focuses on educating advanced practice nurses with professional knowledge in their clinical field.

Goals of Nursing Education

Philosophy of Education

Yonsei University College of Nursing is grounded in Yonsei University’s philosophy, the Christian spirit of truth and freedom, and the founding philosophy of Yonsei University Health System, enlightenment, Christianity, and cooperative spirit. Nursing is a practical science that meets the health needs of society and is based on the humanities, social science, and natural science. Nursing focuses on the inter-relationship among four major concepts: person, environment, health, and nursing. The person is a unique, integrated being who grows and develops over the life span. Health is a state of well-being with optimal function that is achieved through balance and harmony in person-environment interaction. The environment refers to the internal and external factors that constantly change, affecting health. Nursing activities include treatment, education, support, and therapeutic management to promote health within interpersonal relationships. The goal of nursing is to help individuals, families, groups, and communities to reach an optimum state of well-being by restoring, maintaining, and promoting their health. Professional nurses are required to think creatively, building on the values of altruism, autonomy, and social justice. In addition, nurses must keep abreast of social changes and consistently improve their overall capacity.

Educational Goal

The goal of Yonsei University College of Nursing is to practice Christian love and serving, respect humans as holistic beings, and pursue a state of well-being by restoring, maintaining, and promoting health. To achieve its goal, the College of Nursing is committed to developing professional nurses to be equipped with nursing knowledge and skills for therapeutic care in collaboration with other health professionals, and taking on leadership roles.

Educational Objectives

  • To understand the functional health patterns of human beings for holistic nursing.
  • To integrate critical thinking and scientific knowledge to solve health problems.
  • To provide therapeutic care to clients, for their well-being.
  • To build collaborative relationships with the health care team.
  • To establish nursing professionalism based on ethical and legal responsibilities.
  • To foster nursing leaders who can actively cope with changes in national and international contexts.
  • To demonstrate global servant leadership based on pioneer spirit and Christian love.

Program Outcomes

We envision that upon successful completion of our program, students will be able to:
  • Integrate a variety of knowledge and skills to solve clients’ health problems.
  • Implement core fundamental nursing skills according to clients’ health needs.
  • Utilize communication skills to build therapeutic relationships.
  • Apply the nursing process based on critical thinking and scientific knowledge.
  • Explain the importance of interdisciplinary activities in solving client problems.
  • Incorporate nursing professional standards, code of ethics, and related laws to nursing practice.
  • Develop nursing leadership in nursing practice settings.
  • Plan and conduct nursing research.
  • Analyze changes in national and international health care policy.
  • Practice global servant leadership.