The Essentials

September 27, 2024 Essentializing Your Curriculum: Moving Forward with Competency-Based Education Workshop


Building on last year’s popular series of workshops, AACN is hosting a new program this fall for faculty seeking strategies, resources, and solutions for adapting their nursing programs to meet the 2021 Essentials. Essentializing Your Curriculum: Moving Ahead with Competency-Based Education (CBE) is designed to accelerate your program’s transition to CBE. This one-day workshop will be held at The Royal Sonesta Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri on September 27, and will offer initial training in CBE provided by AACN’s Essentials Coaches and experts with the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN). Content will be similar to previous workshops that focused on providing an overview of CBE, but will also include more in-depth training in curricular transition and new content on using AI to develop progression indicators.

Special thanks to the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes–Jewish College for their support in hosting this workshop.


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

Charla Long, JD
President, C-BEN Consulting

Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD, CRNP
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore
AACN Essentials Coach

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

Practice Session Facilitators (AACN Essentials Coaches):

Elicia S. Collins, PhD, RN
Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean, Clayton State University School of Nursing
AACN Essentials Coach

Mary Fey, PhD, RN
Senior Director, Teaching and Learning, Center for Medical Simulation
AACN Essentials Coach
Dana Tschannen, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Clinical Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing
AACN Essentials Coach

Brittany Hay, PhD, DNP
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Clinical Programs, University of South Florida 
AACN Essentials Coach

Workshop Location

The Royal Sonesta Chase Park Plaza St. Louis
212 Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

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Hotel & Travel Information

The Royal Sonesta Chase Park Plaza St. Louis
212 Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
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DoubleTree by Hilston St. Louis Forest Park
4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
12-min walk, 0.5 miles
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Parking is complimentary


Closest Airport: St. Louis Lambert International Airport 10701 Lambert International Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63145
Distance: 11.2 miles – View Directions
Taxis: Starts at $30 one-way
Uber/Lyft: Starts at $38 one way
*Prices are subject to change based on transportation service and peak travel times. Please check with the respective service providers or utilize their apps for real-time pricing and availability before making your travel arrangements.

Registration Fees

Workshop Early
Ends Sept. 15
Begins Sept. 16
AACN Members $349 $449
AACN Non-Members $449 $549

  • 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.