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Associate Degree Nursing Conceptual Model

The conceptual model is a visual representation of the relationships among the core competencies essential to entry-level registered nursing practice.  This model serves as a guide for curriculum development and instruction, which promotes the attainment of end of program student learning outcomes.

Outer cycle of Teamwork and Collaboration, Evidence-based Practice, Quality Improvement, Safety, Informatics, and Patient Centered Care. Inner Cycle of Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgement, Spirit of Inquiry, and Professional Identity.


National League for Nursing. (2010).  Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates of Practical/Vocations, Diploma, Associate Degree, Baccalaureate, Master’s, Practice Doctorate, and Research Doctorate Programs in Nursing.  New York, NY:  National League for Nursing.

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute. (2018). QSEN Competencies.  Retrieved from: