The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) works to establish quality establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. To help achieve these goals, AACN has developed the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice documentation.
The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education outlines the educational framework for colleges for the preparation of professional nurses. This apply to all pre-licensure and RN completion programs, whether the degree is Baccalaureate or graduate entry.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. Washington, DC. pg 3-5.