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Curriculum Design to Promote the Critical Thinking of Accelerated Bachelor's Degree Nursing Students

DeSimone, Barbara B. EdD, RN,C


This project describes the curriculum design of an accelerated bachelor's degree nursing program intended to promote the critical thinking of its students. Course objectives and teaching-learning strategies are described. Rogers' unitary view of human beings supports critical thinking as a developing process that should be measured in the context of nursing practice. Pre- and post-program critical thinking test scores indicated significant growth for the 38 graduates in the first 4 consecutive classes tested.

Author Affiliation: Associate Professor, Division of Nursing, Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY.

Correspondence: Dominican College, 470 Western Highway, Orangeburg, NY 10962 (

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.