The Essentials

University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday, September 14

Note: This is the registration page for the September 14 Regional Workshop in Los Angeles.  If you are trying to register for a different workshop, please return to this page.


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

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):

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7:30-8:30 a.m.

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

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.

9:15-9:45 a.m.
Backward Design Step 1: Determine the Competencies & Performance Expectations
In this session, participants will 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 the competent performance of each competency and sub-competency looks like as part of the backward design process step one.

9:45-10:15 a.m.
Backward Design Step 1: Practice

10:15-10:30 a.m.
Refreshments will be provided.

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Backward Design Step 2: Create Assessment Strategy
In this session, participants will explore a range of performance-based, criterion-referenced, authentic assessment methods as part of the backward design process step two. Various resources will be shared, including the Competency-based Education Network’s (C-BEN) Hallmark Practices for Competency-Based Assessment.

11:00-11:45 a.m.
Backward Design Step 2: Practice

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
Knowing and Doing are two different things. This session will provide 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. Discussion around how to utilize simulation to assess competencies will occur. Using a storyboard, participants will begin developing a scenario that integrates the Essentials. This will allow attendees the opportunity to complete a full scenario later.

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Backward Design Step 3: Curate the Learning Journey
In this session, participants will explore ways to structure a student’s learning journey by competencies, rather than courses or textbooks, as part of step three of the backward design process.

2:00-2:45 p.m.
Backward Design Step 3: Practice

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided.

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Role of Faculty as Instructional Coach/Mentor
Coaching: As nurse educators begin to integrate competency-based education, it is no longer sufficient to be a "guide on the side." Instead, educators must see the faculty role as a coach. This session will introduce the characteristics of a faculty 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.

3:45-4:30 p.m.
Drafting an Institutional Work Plan for Operationalizing the Essentials
In this session, participants will 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.

4:30-5:00 p.m.
AACN Essentials Resources and CBE Assessment Update
In this session, participants will hear the latest updates from AACN on the national landscape of the Essentials implementation and transition to CBE. New and updated resources, including guiding principles for assessment in CBE will be shared.

5:00-5:30 p.m.
Speaker Panel Q & A

Registration Fees

Faculty Development Workshop Standard
Ends Aug. 14
Begins Aug. 15
AACN Members $299 $399
AACN Non-Members $399 $499

  • You may substitute your in-person registration to another individual within your organization. This must be done by contacting the AACN Conference Department via email at
  • If a substitution is not possible, your cancellation request must be received in writing and confirmed by AACN; otherwise, it cannot be honored. The following refund arrangements will then apply:
    • Cancellation requests received two weeks prior to the event start date, will be refunded minus a $90 non-refundable administrative fee.
    • No refunds will be given for notices received within two weeks of the event start date, nor will refunds be given for no-shows.
    • No-show registrations with an open balance will be charged the non-refundable administrative fee as outlined above after the event.
  • Your cancellation request must be submitted in writing to and confirmed by AACN.

Please note: AACN will issue refunds within a 2-week time period of receipt of written cancellation notice.

Event Cancellation by AACN

AACN reserves the right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel this conference and any related group activity for any circumstance beyond AACN's control, including but not limited to emergency, acts of God, government regulations, disaster, strike, and non-fulfilment of minimum group requirements. If AACN cancels an event, every attempt will be made to reschedule or provide a modified virtual offering, and registration fees will be applied to the rescheduled/virtual event. If a cancelled event cannot be rescheduled, AACN will issue a full refund of the registration fee(s). Any travel, lodging, or incidental expenses incurred related to a cancelled/postponed event cannot be refunded under any circumstances as AACN resumes no responsibility for such expenses.

Workshop Location

UCLA, School of Nursing
Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, 90095

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