Educational Innovation 

Implementation of Mastery Learning in Nursing Education

Dionne Sutton Roberts, PhD, FNP-C; Racquel R. Ingram, PhD, RN; Sylvia A. Flack, EdD, RN; Robyn Jones Hayes, MSN, ANP-BC

  • Journal of Nursing Education
  • April 2013 - Volume 52 · Issue 4: 234-237
  • DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20130319-02


Mastery education has proven to be a useful strategy for improving student learning outcomes. However, few articles have described the use of mastery learning in nursing education programs. This article describes the implementation of mastery education in a nursing program and demonstrates how this approach was used to successfully increase National Council Licensure Examination® scores among diverse students. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(4):234–237.]

Dr. Sutton Roberts is Associate Professor, Division of Nursing, Dr. Ingram is Associate Professor, Division of Nursing, and Dr. Flack is Executive Director, Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem; and Ms. Jones Hayes is Adult/Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Cone Health Cancer Center, Greensboro, North Carolina.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

The authors thank Elizabeth Tornquist and Dr. Dennis Sherrod for their editorial assistance in the preparation of this article.

Address correspondence to Dionne Sutton Roberts, PhD, FNP-C, Associate Professor, Division of Nursing, Winston-Salem State University, F.L. Atkins Rm. 409, 601 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27110; e-mail:

Received: August 30, 2011
Accepted: November 14, 2012
Posted Online: March 19, 2013



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