Part one of the comprehensive assessment: Competency matrix
The Competency Matrix is a tool used to assess a learner’s progress in meeting the competencies of a DNP program. The matrix contains a list with competencies. Learners can then document how they’ve met these through program coursework.
You can use this matrix to gather evidence that you have met certain competencies in the DNP Program.
- Choose the competencies which you would like to be able to show you’ve met. You might select competencies that are related to patient safety, leadership or healthcare systems.
- The Competency Matrix will show you the specific skills and knowledge that each competency requires.
- Examine your program’s completed coursework for evidence of how you met the competency you chose. If you are able to identify, for example, an essay you wrote about leadership theories, or a project that you finished on how you can improve healthcare delivery and a talk you made on the best practices of patient safety, then you have met your chosen competencies.
- You should document the evidence that you have identified on the Competency Matrix. Be sure to include specific coursework assignments and other proof of your ability.
- Examine your documents to make sure that each competency is adequately supported. Your documentation may require revision or addition to demonstrate that you have achieved each competency.
You can use the Competency matrix to demonstrate that you have met the DNP competencies. You can use this for personal growth, and to demonstrate your knowledge or skills to prospective employers.