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associate degree nurse, competency-based learning, curriculum revision, master of science in nursing, nursing curriculum



  1. Fogel, Sarah PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Hande, Karen DNP, RN
  3. Kennedy, Betsy PhD, RN, CNE


The educational preparation of associate degree nurses to the master's level requires attainment of baccalaureate-level content. This preparation involves specialized curriculum and varied teaching techniques. Using adult learning theory and aspects of competency-based learning, students and faculty may participate in a gratifying and successful educational experience. The revision of an ongoing associate degree to baccalaureate-level curriculum is presented in this article.