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Education Resources

AACN's education resources and curriculum guidelines provide a framework for positioning baccalaureate and graduate-degree nursing programs to meet the healthcare challenges of a new century. Nursing deans and faculty nationwide have used the following guidelines produced by AACN and other authorities in designing curricula used to prepare highly qualified nurses  for a health system in continual change.



New Recommended CNL Practice Experiences

AACN has released a list of 24 experiences that are deemed to be critical for preparing CNL graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively perform in diverse practice settings and systems upon graduation. The list was developed by an Expert Panel comprised of CNL faculty, representatives from practice, and practicing CNLs.


Adult Gero Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies

AACN and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) recognized the need to revisit the 2010 adult-gerontology competencies to present them within the same framework as the other population foci to make it easier for faculty to cross-walk competencies across the NP curriculum..


New Era for Academic Nursing Report

AACN is pleased to announce the release of a new report titled Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing, which addresses how baccalaureate and higher degree schools of nursing can amplify their role in improving health and health care at the local, state, and national levels.