The purpose of the Baccalaureate curriculum is to prepare the graduate for the role of nurse generalist as the provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care. The Baccalaureate degree is the first professional degree, preparing graduates as members of the nursing profession. Central to the curriculum are the theoretical concepts, values, and skills involved in health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and illness and disease management, including technical skills, skills in critical thinking, communication, and assessment. Knowledge of nursing theory, research, health care systems and policy, information and health care technologies, ethics in practice, human diversity, and global health care is included.