The Competency/Outcomes Model: Advancing Academic Progression

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This article describes the Competency Model (CM) as a promising curriculum framework to foster academic progression from the associate to the baccalaureate degree in nursing.


The CM was identified by the Center to Champion Nursing in America as one of four seamless nursing academic progression models to streamline nursing academic progression. It is built on a foundation of authentic collaboration between education and practice partners to develop and maintain explicit, current, practice-relevant nursing education outcomes.


Salient features and exemplars were collected from a convenience sample of education practice partnerships across the country that have implemented the CM.


Characteristics, trends, and variations in the CM from different state, regional, and local approaches are described and contrasted.


A comparison of varied approaches in CM design and implementation demonstrates its versatility to support seamless academic progression and fortify education and practice collaboration.

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