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AACN's curriculum guidelines provide a framework for positioning baccalaureate and graduate-degree nursing programs to meet the health care challenges of a new century.

Nursing deans and faculty nationwide have implemented AACN's guidelines in designing curricula to produce sufficient numbers and types of baccalaureate, master's, and doctorally prepared nurses for a health system in continual change.

AACN "Essentials" Series

Gerontology Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies

Alliance for Nursing Accreditation Statement on Distance Education Policies

Core Practice Doctorate Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Competencies

Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs

Criteria for the Evaluation of Clinical Nurse Specialist Master’s, Practice Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate Educational Programs

Cultural Competency in Nursing Education

Curriculum Survey on Master’s Level Nurse Practitioner Programs 2000-2001

Educational Competencies for Registered Nurses Responding to Mass Casualty Incidents

Essential Genetic and Genomic Competencies for Nurses With Graduate Degrees 

Essential Nursing Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics

The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation Position Statement on Health Professionals and Environmental Health Education

Population-focused Nurse Practitioner Competencies
Posted April 2013

Peaceful Death: Recommended Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for End-of-Life Nursing Care

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Competencies

Recommendations for Undergraduate Public Health Education

Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older Adults (2010)

Women's Health Curricula: Final Report on Expert Panel Recommendations for Interprofessional Collaboration across the Health Profession
Posted May 2013