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concept-based curriculum, curriculum, educational models, nursing curriculum



  1. Brussow, Jennifer A. MA
  2. Roberts, Karin PhD, RN, CNE
  3. Scaruto, Matthew MA
  4. Sommer, Sheryl PhD, RN, CNE
  5. Mills, Christine PhD


As nursing education struggles to address a rapidly changing health care system, overcrowded curricula, and an increased focus on clinical reasoning skills, many programs have adopted or transitioned to concept-based curricula (CBCs), which are structured around key concepts and exemplars. Despite CBC's promised benefits, the process of developing a CBC framework may pose a challenge to programs. To address this barrier, a national study was conducted to develop a representative list of concepts and exemplars. This initiative expands on prior work by suggesting a leveled approach to positioning exemplars within a curricular sequence.