Mastery Learning Model

Our accelerated nursing students are held to the highest standards. It’s not enough that you memorize facts and graduate. Accelerated BSN students are expected to fully master fundamental nursing theories and methods.

Through our unique Mastery Learning Model, our students are able to meet these high expectations. This model keeps students engaged throughout every step for their education, ensuring total comprehension of foundational nursing concepts and skills.

Mastery Learning Model Overview

Mastery Learning at Roseman University comprises six components: the block curriculum, competency-based education, active & collaborative learning, assessment learning, early experiential learning, and classroom as teacher. When combined, this system gives students the tools they need to master their nursing education.


Block Curriculum

Traditional semester-based nursing programs require students to divide attention across different classes that meet several times a week. This system prohibits you from giving one subject your undivided attention. Roseman’s block system addresses this problem.

Through the block curriculum, students take one class at a time, allowing for total mastery of a single subject at a time. Combined with the other two elements of the mastery learning model, students can expect total comprehension of course material. Student achievement is at the center of block curriculum.

The block curriculum:

  • Allows students to focus one on subject at a time
  • Affords a student-focused education
  • Ensures an adaptable, natural learning environment
  • Creates an engaging, focused nursing education

Competency-Based Education

Roseman’s competency-based evaluation approach ensures you learn and retain everything necessary to succeed as a registered nurse. Instead of being graded on a traditional A-F grading scale, in which a student can excel in some areas, under-perform in others, and still graduate, ABSN students must achieve a 90 percent in order to pass. Students are assessed, provided feedback, and re-assessed throughout the education process. Should a student not achieve a 90 percent, he or she is given additional time to learn the material and allowed to demonstrate competency again.

Throughout each block, students are able to demonstrate competence in summative assessments. This process consists of three parts:

  • Individual exams
  • Team exams
  • Review

Each portion of the assessment offers students the chance to learn and improve.

Individual and Team Exams

The individual exams are completed by students in the beginning of the assessment. Once all exams are completed or time runs out, students gather in teams to complete the exact same exam. The team exam allows students to discuss the questions, hear different perspectives, teach one another, and ultimately decide on one final answer.

If the team earns a grade of 90 percent or higher, each individual within the team will have additional percentage points added to his or her exam.


Once the team exams are completed, your professors will review the exams. This review includes the correct answers and the rationale behind the answers.

Students gather in their teams again and reevaluate the exam, in which they may request a second review of certain questions. Using notes, textbooks, and other assigned material, the team may provide references which support their requests, followed by another review by the professor.

This process ensures students understand exactly why certain answers are and are not correct. It also allows students to continue learning throughout the review process and demonstrate competence of all material.

Active & Collaborative Learning

Traditional lecture-based classroom models are not conducive to the Mastery Learning model. At Roseman University, our active and collaborative learning approach keeps our students engaged throughout the learning process. With online simulations, group discussions, and hands-on practice with real patients and state-of-the-art simulation labs, theoretical learning is reinforced every step of the way.

Our Canvas online learning platform helps students of all learning styles succeed in the virtual classroom. You can take a look at our Online Learning Demo to see how the online classroom for ABSN students work.

Assessment Learning

Roseman University nursing students are assessed frequently, every two to three weeks, to help identify areas they are not fully understanding. This valuable, continuous feedback gives students advanced notice, which allows them to re-focus their attention, prior to moving on to new areas.

Early Experiential Learning

As early as the first semester of the ABSN curriculum, Roseman University’s students are exposed to clinical rotations. These early experiences allows students to apply what they are hearing and reading in their coursework to real-world applications. Rather than waiting one to years after completing the lecture portion, our nursing students understand how their education fits into healthcare settings early-on.

Classroom as Teacher

While ABSN coursework is completed online, there are times when students will be on-campus for their nursing simulation labs. The classrooms as Roseman University as setup in way so that there is no back row. Instead, chairs are formed in a circle around the professor, which ensures equal attention for each student and encourages active participation.

To learn more about how you can become a nurse quickly through Roseman University’s accelerated nursing programs, contact us today.

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