Title : Comparison of multi-site prelicensure nursing curricula in the United States
The purpose of this multiple case study investigation was to look at nationally ranked nursing programs and identify effective curricular sequencing and curricular themes or focus that might be inferred to have contributed to producing high quality graduates. A comparison between seven nationally ranked and a non-ranked prelicensure baccalaureate nursing programs were obtained from three national college rankings services. Results showed a common curricular sequence in preparing nursing students through liberal education classes and the first three fundamental nursing courses along with a curricular focus in the AACN Essentials’ theme of liberal education and generalist baccalaureate nursing. A few commonalities could be learned from these nationally ranked nursing programs, such as the pharmacology course, interdisciplinary learning activities, and other pre-requisite courses. This study also showed application of Bardach (2011) best practice research in nursing.