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NURS606 - Nursing Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation

Course Details

Course Code: NURS606 Course ID: 4843 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will provide the student with the theoretical basis of curriculum development, assessment and evaluation. Students will focus on the process of curriculum design and development; integrating these concepts into the economic, social, regulatory, technological, and ethical influences and trends which impact current nursing practice. (Prerequisite: ALL CORE COURSES IN THE PROGRAM and NURS601 and NURS605)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/21 - 04/29/22 05/02/22 - 06/26/22 Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the MSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  1. Develop learner program outcomes that are based on sound pedagogical approaches, and are consistent with current regulatory nursing standards and competencies. (PO 6)
  2. Interpret the impact of economic, social, regulatory, technological, and ethical influences on nursing curriculum development, assessment, and evaluation. (PO 1)
  3. Compare and contrast current models and trends in curriculum design and theoretical frameworks. (NECO 3)
  4. Align program outcomes, course outcomes, and lesson student learning outcomes with professional standards and regulatory requirements. (PO 6, NECO 1)
  5. Design learner-centered teaching strategies that are aligned with the curriculum outcomes. (NECO 2, 3)
  6. Integrate the knowledge of curriculum design, teaching strategies, and program evaluation with the development of effective assessment tools. (NECO 3)
  7. Synthesize all aspects of the curriculum process to ensure that the outcomes are evidence-informed, relevant, and uniform across all elements of the nursing program. (NECO 1, 2, 3)

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Masters Essentials covered in this course include I, IV, V, VII, VIII, IX.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 9 graded discussions.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to more than 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to discussions being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There are no tests/quizzes in this course.

Written Assignments

There are 3 written assignments due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Review Manual, 2nd ed. - this title is required in NURS606/610/620/695/699 (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Springer Lib
Author:Wittmann-Price, Godshall, M. and Wilson, L.
Unit Cost:$76.40
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Book Title:Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing, 3rd ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company
Author:Keating, S.
Book Title:Fast Facts for Curriculum Development in Nursing : How to Develop & Evaluate Educational Programs in a Nutshell (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company Lib
Author:McCoy, J. and Marion Anema

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.