Assessment & Accreditation for Nursing Programs – NURS 784

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/09/2022

Course Description

This course examines the process of curriculum design and development from the perspective of faculty and administration. Curricula are analyzed from the context of program evaluation and accreditation standards. Various instructional design models are applied to nursing courses.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Nurse educators in the academic setting must be skilled in contributing to the development of unified, research based, and theoretically sound Nursing Education Curricula.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread will be evaluated based on the depth and breadth of the discussion. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates' threads.

Written Assignments (6)

Students will complete six papers on various topics. See detailed instructions and rubrics for each assignment within the course. Assignments should reflect graduate level writing and be written in APA format.

Curriculum Development

Continual curriculum assessment is crucial to developing and maintaining a sound curriculum. Nursing educators play a vital role in developing or revising nursing curriculum.  As a current or future educator, you will provide the information that influences curriculum development.

This assignment should be no more than 7 pages, include at least 3 scholarly sources in addition to the textbook, and follow current APA Guidelines. Do not use first person in this paper. The use of “this educator” is acceptable.

Philosophy of Nursing Education

It is important for educators to think about how education is approached from a philosophical standpoint. The best philosophies are clear, concise, and easily applied in various situations. Institutions of higher learning and nursing schools will usually have philosophy statements. For this assignment, you will develop a personal philosophy statement of nursing education.

You will be limited to three concise (4-6 sentences) paragraphs for this assignment. Limiting the words makes each one important and helps you identify your most important beliefs about nursing and education.

A minimum of 2 scholarly sources are for this assignment in addition to the Bible. Please follow current APA guidelines for cited sources, paragraph formation, etc. Do not use first person in this paper. The use of “this educator” is acceptable.

Curriculum Reform

The Billings and Halsted text describes various requests for the reform of nursing curriculum. There is a call for more integration of clinical and didactic teaching, increased emphasis on safety, focus on improving the health of the nation, student-centered learning, and interprofessional education, just to name a few.

This assignment should be 5 to 7 pages in length, follow current APA guidelines, and include the use of at least 3 scholarly references and integrate biblical principles

Student Course Evaluations

Student evaluation is an essential element of nursing curriculum. Formative and summative assessments allow students the opportunity to demonstrate learning that is taking place throughout their coursework. Student course evaluations also allow an opportunity for students to share their course perspectives which can provide valuable data for lead faculty. Evaluating course assessment data provides rich information regarding course strengths and areas for improvement.

This paper should be no more than 7 pages, use at least 3 scholarly, peer reviewed sources within the last five years, and follow current APA format. Please avoid using first person in this paper. You may use the term “this educator” when referring to personal experience.

Assessment Strategies

The purpose of this assignment is to analyze the essential steps of assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes. Billings & Halstead outline 10 steps to assess and evaluate student learning outcomes. Utilizing these steps, you will develop an assessment strategy to evaluate a course or program outcome from the program where you currently teach.

The Assessment Strategies Assignment should be no more than 7 pages, follow current APA guidelines, integrate a biblical worldview, and include the use of at least 4 scholarly, peer-reviewed sources in addition to the textbook and Bible.

Engagement in the Accreditation Process

Students will examine the accreditation process and their role in that process. Based on your experience with the accreditation process and the literature, you will share recommendations for better engagement of faculty in the accreditation process.

This paper should be no more than 7 pages, use at least 3 scholarly, peer-reviewed sources, integrate a biblical worldview and utilize current APA format. Do not use first person when referring to personal experience. The use of “this educator” is acceptable.