Indiana University
Friday, April 21

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Jacquelyn McMillian-Bohler, PhD, APRN
Director, Institute for Educational Excellence, Duke University

Charla Long, JD
President, Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN)

Marie Gilbert, DNP, MA, RN, CHSE
Director, Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing, Fresno State

Joan Stanley, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN
Chief Academic Officer, AACN   

Susan Corbridge, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN
Chief Essentials Program Officer, AACN

Practice Session Facilitators (AACN Essentials Coaches):

Dana Tschannen, PhD, RN
Clinical Professor & Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, University of Michigan

Kristin Ashford, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Faculty & Interprofessional Education, University of Kentucky


Agenda is subject to change.

Friday, April 21 from  7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Registration Check In & Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:15 a.m.
What is Competency-Based Education (CBE)?
This session will provide participants with an overview of competency-based education, compare CBE to traditional teaching and learning, and discuss how CBE improves clinical judgment and prepares nurse graduates for clinical practice. In a hands-on portion of the presentation, participants will reflect on how they will modify their current approach to begin the transformation to competency-based teaching.

9:30-10:00 a.m.
Backward Design 1: Determining the Competencies & Performance Expectations
Review the backward design process for competency-based program development.  Using the Essentials as the basis of the work, participants will begin to describe what expected performance of each competency and sub-competency looks like.

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Practice 1

10:30-10:45 a.m.

10:45-11:15 a.m.
Backward Design 2: Creating Assessment Strategies 
Explore a range of performance-based, criterion-referenced, authentic assessment methods as part of the backward design process.  

11:15-11:45 a.m.
Practice 2

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Performance-Based Simulation: Incorporating AACN Essentials into Simulation Scenarios and Utilizing Simulation to Assess Competencies
Provides examples of how to assist the learner to take what they know and put it into action to move along the continuum of competency development. This session will feature a theory burst of why it is important to incorporate the AACN Essentials into the scenario to prepare a competent learner. Discussion around how to utilize simulation to assess competencies will occur. This session will introduce an evidence-based simulation scenario template for incorporating the Essentials into entry- and advanced-level programs. Using a storyboard, participants will begin developing a scenario that integrates the Essentials.

1:45-2:15 p.m.
Backward Design Lecture 3: Curating the Learning Journey
Explore ways for structuring a student’s learning journey by competencies, rather than courses or textbooks.

2:15-2:45 p.m.
Practice 3

2:45-3:15 p.m.
Role of Faculty as Instructional Coach/Mentor
As nurse educators begin to integrate competency-based education, it is no longer sufficient to be a "guide on the side."   This session will introduce the characteristics of a faculty membr as a coach. The interactive portion of this presentation will include a brief opportunity for participants to role-play, providing feedback to learners in the classroom and during direct observation experiences.

3:15-3:30 p.m.

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Drafting an Institutional Work Plan for Operationalizing the Essentials
Follow a guided process to create an institutional-specific work plan with the key tasks and milestones, which must be achieved to implement the Essentials. An abbreviated discussion will focus on other areas on campus that may need to be involved in operationalizing a competency-based nursing program.

4:15-5:00 p.m.
AACN Essentials and CBE Assessment Update
Hear the latest updates from AACN on the national landscape of Essentials implementation and transition to CBE.  New and updated resources, including guiding principles for assessment in CBE, will be shared.

‚Äč5:00-5:30 p.m.
Speaker Panel Q&A

Registration Fees

This event has reached capacity and is no longer accepting registrations.

Faculty Development Workshops
Ends April 8
Starts April 21
AACN Member $299 $399
AACN Non-Member $399 $499

Workshop Location

Skyline Club
1 American Square 36th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46282

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Hotel & Travel Information

Hampton Inn by Hilton Indianapolis Canal IUPUI
414 West Vermont Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317-396-6569

  • The room rate starts at $149 and tax.
  • Reservation cut-off date: March 21, 2023.
  • Reservation may be booked online here or via phone by calling 317-396-6569 and asking for the group rate for “AACN”.


Closest Airport: Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
Distance: 13.3 miles
Taxi: Starts at $33 one way
Uber/Lyft: Starts at $20 one way