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Mission & Vision Statement

Grand Valley State University is the major provider of health care professionals in the West Michigan area. As we educate the next generation of professionals, we continually strive to offer the most cutting-edge programs and advanced learning opportunities. We do so by collaborating with a variety of institutes, organizations, and businesses to create innovative clinical opportunities for students across multiple disciplines. In the same way the very best hospitals implement a team approach to ensure optimal patient care, we educate students in group situations that provide comprehensive training with real-world implications.

Mission: Educating students to promote and provide optimal healthcare for individuals and communities.

Vision Statement: Grand Valley State University will be the foremost provider of health professionals in the region, educating nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, and other health professionals in a student-centered, interprofessional manner. As the leader in the provision of academic programs, applied scholarship, and service in meeting current and ongoing needs for our communities, we will inspire the public's trust through the synergy of excellent health sciences and healthcare professions education, cutting edge biomedical research, and holistic healthcare service. We will be vigorous and innovative in creating a framework of collaborative interprofessional healthcare professional education, research, and service programs for the 21st century to meet current and future needs of our students, health science and healthcare partners, and our communities.

Jean Nagelkerk

Jean Nagelkerk, PhD, FNP, FNAP

Vice Provost for Health

Professor of Nursing