Standard 4 Standard 4



4.1 The curriculum is congruent with the established standards for master's/post master's programs, including appropriate advanced practice competencies, role-specific professional standards and guidelines, and certifications requirements, and has clearly articulated student learning outcomes and program outcomes consistent with contemporary practice.


  • NLN nurse educator core competencies (standard 4 shelf)
  • AACN MSN Essentials (Standards 4 shelf)
  • MSN catalog (standard 1 shelf)
  • Course Posters (Evidence room with exception of NURS 516 ( revised))
  • Access to BB and review of alignments within each course ( Program outcomes, course learning outcomes)
  • SSR: Table 4.1 p.78
  • SSR Table 4.1a p.81
  • Curriculum Review Minutes November 18 & 19, 2015 ( SSR Appendix C, standard 4 shelf, USB)



4.2 The Student Learning Outcomes are used to organize the curriculum, guide the delivery of instruction, direct learning activities, and evaluate student progress.


  • Blackboard access to courses
  • Shadow Health access for NURS 517
  • Meeting minutes reflecting curriculum changes/updates
  • Syllabi for EDF 503 and EDF 538 (standard 4 shelf)
  • Syllabi for all courses (standard 4 shelf)
  • Quality Matters Rubric (standard 4 shelf)
  • Examples of student work ( standard 4 shelf)
  • Student Posters (fall 2015 in evidence room)
  • Example of grading rubrics (standard 4 shelf and in each course in BB)
  • SSR: Chart 4.2 p. 88
  • SSR: Tables 4.2a, 4.2b, 4. 2c, 4.2d, 4.2e, and 4.2f pp. 91-131




4.3 The curriculum is developed by the faculty and regularly reviewed to ensure integrity, rigor, and currency.

  • Meeting minutes ( USB )
  • Curriculum review minutes (appendix C,  USB)
  • Course Posters in evidence room
  • View use of Collaborate in NURS 540 and NURS 544
  • Student evaluations ( standard 2 shelf, nursing office)


4.4 The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to be information literate and to practice from an evidenced-based approach in their direct and indirect advanced nursing roles.


  • Course syllabi for list of articles ( standard 4 shelf)
  • BB courses for additional lists of articles used in each course (online)
  • Electronic reserve articles listed for each course in Golden Library (online)
  • Self-assessment of progress in each course (starting Fall 2015 standard 4 shelf)
  • Preceptor evaluations (student records: USB)
  • Self-assessment tool for NURS 544 including NLN competencies (student records, USB)

4.5 The curriculum is designed so that graduates of the program are able to practice in a culturally and ethnically diverse global society.

  • Course Syllabi (example: NURS 506, 516, 512, NURS 514)
  • Course assignments in NURS 540 and NURS 544 (Capstone)


4.6 The curriculum and instructional processes reflect educational theory, interprofessional collaboration, research, and current standards of practice.

  • Course syllabi for NURS 514 and NURS 510
  • Utilization of education courses EDF 503 and EDF 538
  • Syllabi for NURS 540 and NURS 544 ( teaching and practicum assignments, interaction with preceptors and students)
  • NMNEC membership letter/status
  • NURS 502, 514, 517 syllabi ( standard 4 shelf)
  • NLN Competencies (SSR p. Tables 4.2a, 4.2b, 4. 2c, 4.2d, 4.2e, and 4.2f pp. 91-131 ,standard 4 shelf)
  • Quality Matters Rubric (SSR Table 4.6 p. 138;Standard 4 shelf)


4.7 Evaluation methodologies are varied, reflect established professional and practice competencies, and measure the achievement of student learning outcomes and program goals.


  • SSR: Tables 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, and 4.6
  • BB course assignments, alignments, journaling, presentations, student work, collaborate recordings, preceptors evaluations ( student files USB)
  • Surveys (standard 6 shelf, USB)


4.8 Program length is congruent with the attainment of identified student learning outcomes and program outcomes and consistent with the policies of the governing organization, state and national standards, and best practices.


  • SSR: Tables 4.8a, b and c. pp. 140-141
  • Graduate catalog
  • Website
  • Student records (USB)


4.9 Practice learning environments support the achievement of student learning outcomes and program outcomes.


  • NURS 544 clinical site evaluations for fall 2015.
  • Affiliation agreements ( standard 2 shelf, nursing office, Nikki Howard's office, USB)



4.10 Students participate in the clinical experiences that are evidence-based and reflect contemporary practice and nationally established patient health and safety goals.


  • Student records  activities logs (USB)
  • NURS 544 syllabus (standard 4 shelf)
  • Student posters (evidence room)


4.11 Written agreements for clinical practice agencies are current, specify expectations for all parties, and ensure the protection of students.


  • USB, Nikki Howards' office


4.12 Learning activities, instructional materials, and evaluation methods are appropriate for all delivery formats and consistent with the student learning outcomes.


  • Access BB courses
  • Student work examples (standard 4 shelf)

Staging Enabled