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Essentials Series

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To facilitate access to the Essentials documents, the AACN Board of Directors voted to have these documents posted on the Web for nurse faculty worldwide to download. The Essentials outline the necessary curriculum content and expected competencies of graduates from baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, as well as the clinical support needed for the full spectrum of academic nursing. 

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) and Tool Kit

The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011)

The Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (1996)

The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006)

  • Not available in hard copy

Overview: The Essential Clinical Resources for Nursing's Academic Mission

Foreign Language Versions of the 2008 Baccalaureate Essentials
Spanish Verison | Japanese Version

Foreign Language Versions of the 1996 Master's Essentials
Spanish Version | Japanese Version | Croatian Version