Original Article 

Designing Integrated Courses in an RN-to-BSN Program

Mary P. Curtis, PhD, ANP-BC; Sharon Kist, PhD, RN, CNE; M. Nancy Van Aman, DNP, RN, FNP-BC; Katherine Riley, BS

Abstract

Three faculty members and an instructional designer collaborated to develop and implement first-term courses in a newly revised RN-to-bachelor of science in nursing curriculum. The ADDIE model served as the organizing framework for course development. Student assessment was approached in a novel manner, using integrated assignments that spanned each course. Students were able to demonstrate that objectives for all three courses were met, while synthesizing and applying their newly gained knowledge and skills.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(8):369–372.

Authors

Dr. Curtis is Professor, Dr. Van Aman is Assistant Professor, and Ms. Riley is Instructional Technology Specialist, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes-Jewish College, St. Louis; and Dr. Kist is Project Supervisor, Missouri Quality Initiative, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

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

Address correspondence to Mary P. Curtis, PhD, ANP-BC, Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes-Jewish College, 4483 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110; e-mail: mcurtis@bjc.org.

Received: January 31, 2017
Accepted: April 25, 2017

10.3928/00220124-20170712-09

Three faculty members and an instructional designer collaborated to develop and implement first-term courses in a newly revised RN-to-bachelor of science in nursing curriculum. The ADDIE model served as the organizing framework for course development. Student assessment was approached in a novel manner, using integrated assignments that spanned each course. Students were able to demonstrate that objectives for all three courses were met, while synthesizing and applying their newly gained knowledge and skills.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(8):369–372.

Dr. Curtis is Professor, Dr. Van Aman is Assistant Professor, and Ms. Riley is Instructional Technology Specialist, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes-Jewish College, St. Louis; and Dr. Kist is Project Supervisor, Missouri Quality Initiative, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

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

Address correspondence to Mary P. Curtis, PhD, ANP-BC, Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes-Jewish College, 4483 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110; e-mail: mcurtis@bjc.org.

Received: January 31, 2017
Accepted: April 25, 2017
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