Baccalaureate Educational Resources
Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older Adults (2010)

These competencies and curricular guidelines serve as a supplement to the 2008 AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. The purpose of this document is to assist nurse educators in incorporating geriatric-focused nursing content and learning opportunities into the baccalaureate nursing curriculum to ensure that nursing students are able to provide the necessary geriatric care for the nation’s aging population. To learn more about this resource, visit

Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies:

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Nursing Homes as Clinical Placement Sites Modules
Nursing Homes as Clinical Placement Sites for Baccalaureate Nursing Students: Resources for Clinical Faculty

These online learning modules, developed by the Hartford Institute and the AACN, are designed to help faculty select and use nursing homes for undergraduate student clinical placement, with a special focus on nursing homes involved in resident-directed care and culture change. Topics covered:

Overview of Project
Module 1.  Nursing Homes, the Basics
Module 2. Nursing Practice in Nursing Homes
Module 3. Resident Directed Care and Culture Change in Nursing Homes
Module 4. Structuring Student Placements in Nursing Homes
Module 5. Introducing Resident-directed Care and Nursing Home Culture Change: A Case Study
Module 6. Nursing Home (NH) Preparation/Readiness as a Clinical Site
Clinical Teaching Modules

Integrating Care of Older Adult Patients in Student Clinical Rotations in Hospitals: Resources for Clinical Faculty

This project was funded by the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women

To access the following modules, you must log-in to the HIGN e-Learning Center.

Overview Module: A brief description of the project
Module 1: Briefly summarizes content and resources on assessment and dementia and provides teaching strategies for implementing this content into a typical undergraduate student assignment
Module 2: Uses an actual patient scenario to illustrate how to integrate content into a typical clinical day

Recommended Tutorial: The ConsultGeriRN tutorial reviews the major geriatric nursing resources referred to in the modules. View the Tutorial. 

Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium

GNEC (Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium) is a national initiative of AACN to enhance geriatric content in senior-level undergraduate nursing courses. GNEC produces the "Faculty Development Project: Enhancing Gerontology in Senior-level Undergraduate Courses." Administered by AACN in collaboration with the Hartford Institute, this program augments geriatric content in senior-level undergraduate nursing courses.

View the GNEC resources.