340 - Using Mapping Techniques to Evaluate a Program

This is the fourth course offered as part of the Program Evaluation Series. The Program Evaluation Series is intended to provide educators and administrators with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to participate in and lead program evaluation activities at their organization.

Registration fee: $150.00

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Delivered by Andrea Boyle, PhD, RN, FNAP, Associate Dean and Professor in the Department of Nursing at the Domincan University of California, and Wyetta Bontempo, PhD, Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc. More info about the faculty members teaching this course is available in the faculty section of the "Find out More" page.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. While some more basic topics are covered and may be appropriate for nurse educators and administrators with little to no experience in curriculum mapping, this web-based course is intended for educators and administrators with some experience in curriculum mapping.


The purpose of this course is to provide educators with instruction on how to identify opportunities for program improvement by linking NCLEX® Program Reports' outcomes to a program's curriculum and instruction.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are as follows. Upon course completion, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze individual courses using the NCLEX® Program Reports and syllabus/curriculum mapping techniques.
  • Analyze the curriculum using the NCLEX® Program Reports and syllabus/curriculum mapping techniques.


Course 340 is delivered as a 3-hour synchronous, web-based experience which includes a mix of lecture, individual and small group activities, and a 30-minute Question and Answer session. Participants are expected to independently complete a 30-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the course concludes.


All participants are strongly encouraged to have a copy of their nursing program's curriculum and/or NCLEX® Program Reports Performance Profile

Continuing Education

3.5 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516 Expires 2/4/2025) to all individuals completing the course and the end-of-course assessment.



  1. Curriculum Mapping 101 (why, when, who, how?)
  2. Defining Mapping Purpose
  3. Defining Mapping Object
    1. Curriculum
    2. Course
    3. Unit
  4. Defining the Mapping Framework of Schema
    1. Categories of client needs
    2. QSEN competencies
    3. AACN Essentials
  5. Background on the NCLEX Program Reports and Test Plan
    1. Category
    2. Related Content
    3. Activity Statement
  6. Switching Directions: Bi-directional Mapping
  7. Evolving Your Mapping Process 
    1. Leveling
    2. Cognitive activity
    3. Assessment
    4. Clinical decision making