[Whitepaper] Competency-Based Education in Undergraduate Prelicensure Nursing Education Programs

Authored by: Kristen Ponichtera DNP, RN, CCRN-K, CNE, CNEcl

Nursing education is undergoing a major transformation with a shift towards competency-based education (CBE) models. CBE is an approach that focuses on measuring students’ mastery of defined competencies as an indicator of their readiness to progress and ultimately enter practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2019). There is growing momentum calling for the widespread adoption of CBE in undergraduate prelicensure nursing programs. 

Download this whitepaper as we define CBE and discuss how professional nursing organizations like the AACN endorse its use. The benefits of CBE will also be examined from the perspectives of nursing students and faculty. Additional discussions will focus on how CBE can standardize nursing education, translate to professional success, and be integrated into existing nursing curriculums. 

Download the full whitepaper PDF here.

About the Author

Dr. Kristen Ponichtera has a  clinical nursing background focused on critical care, emergency, and flight. She has also worked in nursing education for the last 10 years, serving as a classroom and clinical faculty member. Currently, she serves as the Nursing Content Specialist with LearningMate. 

Dr. Ponichtera holds a BSN in nursing from Seton Hall University, an MSN in nursing leadership from Western Governors University, and a DNP from Chamberlain University.

LearningMate specializes in collaborating with Higher Ed institutions to design and develop engaging learning experiences that align to outcomes, competencies, and workforce-relevant skills, in all kinds of modalities, including Competency-Based Education. Nursing and Healthcare programs.

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