Featured Article| Volume 19, ISSUE 5, 104578, May 2023

Development of Curriculum Immersions in a Nurse Practitioner Program: Autism Spectrum Disorder as an Exemplar


      • Immersions go beyond a single lecture in the curricula for a key population or condition.
      • Specialty content immersions support learning, allowing opportunities for concept uptake and integration
      • Immersions expand the use of content experts and allows students to retain concepts as their competence in providing care evolves.


      Nurse practitioner didactic courses are filled with required content and are encouraged to meet new essential standards for population-specific competencies while incorporating evolving contemporary issues. Many programs may ask for guest speakers who are content experts in these specialty lectures. Curriculum immersions are a way to thread themes throughout the coursework as student knowledge and clinical experiences progress. An exemplar of an immersion related to autism spectrum disorder throughout a pediatric nurse practitioner program is reviewed from development to implementation and modeling for future immersions.


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      Margaret Quinn, DNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, is a clinical associate professor and specialty director for the pediatric nurse practitioner programs at the School of Nursing, Rutgers University in Newark, NJ.


      Sallie Anne Porter, DNP, PhD, APN, PED-BC, CPNP, is an associate professor in the division of advanced nursing practice at Rutgers University.