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Philosophy

The administration and faculty of Saint Michael College of Allied support the philosophy, purpose, and objectives of the college . This philosophy is evidence in each of the programs of study. The faculty believes that allied health education is a life-long process. In addition, the faculty holds the following beliefs about:

Humanity
The human being is a bio-psycho-social-spiritual being with decision-making abilities who possesses the potential for optimal health. The human being is viewed as an individual, a member of a family, and as a member of society. The human being functions as a dynamic, integrated whole that is influenced by his internal and external environments. The human being’s adaptive behaviors are continually being influenced by developmental stages, past learning and cultural influences, and by a hierarchy of self-care needs occurring throughout the life cycle. Human being has the right to participate in self-care and decisions affecting his wellbeing, health status and care.

Health
Health is a dynamic process of biological, psychological, behavioral, social, cultural and spiritual wellbeing and reflects each individual’s ability to interact with a constantly changing environment. Wellness and its absence are socially, culturally and individually defined concepts representing the degree in variation in an individual’s ability to alter or adjust to their environment. The nurse and the individual or community collaborate as partners to design, implement, manage and evaluate interventions for promotion of wellbeing, the prevention of illness and the achievement of optimal functioning.

Environment
The environment consists of biological, psychological, behavioral, social, cultural and spiritual factors. The environment is dynamic and constantly changing, and this change may result in alterations in health of an individual or community. Nurses, in providing health promotion, disease prevention, acute care, long-term care, and community care, become part of an individual’s or community’s environment. This function necessitates the use of both artful collaboration and scientific knowledge in achieving positive outcomes within a caring environment.

Teaching and Learning

  • The teaching learning process is essential to the practice of nursing. Teaching practices are highly individualized as a result of the instructor’s teaching style, knowledge at hand, and clinical experience; and the learners’ aptitude, learning style, culture and ability to learn.
  • Learning is a collaborative process in which the teacher and student work together to accomplish a shared goal.
  • Students learn best when first given a foundation on which to build. The practice of presenting simple concepts and skills first and building complexity as students progress through the program enhances learning.
  • Learning materials must be varied, multidimensional, and designed to provide various sources of input for students with different learning styles. Incorporating the use of technology to enhance the overall learning experience of each student will increase the likelihood students will understand and be able to utilize the theory presented.
  • Application of theory to practice requires hands-on experiences in the laboratory and in clinical situations.