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NRTH 100: Novice to Expert Theory


The short 3 credit hour courses in this series introduce various significant theories and frameworks that are relevant to nursing informatics knowledge, skills, and applications. This particular course focuses on the Novice to Expert Theory.

Each course consists of a lesson, assigned readings and supportive Power Points, and are evaluated by completing a multiple choice final examination. Passing Grade is 60%.

You will receive a customized digital certificate of completion with your final mark included, worth 3 credit hours upon successful completion.

The Novice to Expert Theory, (a construct theory first proposed by sibling researchers, Hubert and Stuart Dreyfus (1980) as the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition, and later applied and modified to nursing by Patricia Benner in 1984) provides a very useful and important theory that clearly applies to nursing informatics. In fact, the Dreyfus brothers developed the model while working with artificial intelligence development and expert computer system programming.


This course is intended to provide the learner with the opportunity to:

  • Identify the characteristics of the five levels of development in the Novice to Expert theory as applied by Benner.
  • Recognize the suitability and application of the Novice to Expert theory in the field of nursing informatics specialization.
  • Describe the characteristics and factors that ensure successful evolution from the novice to expert level.
  • Transpose the Novice to Expert theory to their own development within the field of nursing informatics.


Learners will be assessed using the following methods:

  • Final Exam - worth 100%
  • Passing Grade: 60%


A digital Board Approved Certificate of Completion will be issued for 3 contact hours once the course is completed (California Board of Nursing Approved).


Tuition is only $20. Once registered in our secure commerce area you can select the course and pay using PayPal (to process your credit card, bank withdrawal or e-check payment), Company/Institutional Check or Money Order to register for the course. Please note, if you elect to pay using e-check, check or money order, there will be a waiting period before enrollment, until the payment has cleared. Once registered, you will be manually enrolled to access the course within the course area, and your user name and password will be emailed to you. You can register at any time, since this is a 1 to 1 course and is done at your own pace. Click button to enroll in NRTH 100 now!

Course Content

Novice to Expert Theory, Dreyfus Skill Acquisition Model, Application to Software design and clinical decision support systems resources.
This course has been designed for prepare nurses to meet the requirements of various certification programs, e.g. VI. Models and Theories.

It will also serve as an excellent short CE course for nurses who wish to brush up on their knowledge of nursing theories and frameworks.

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