Program requirements which must include:
a. an assessment of community needs for the program,
b. identification of student prerequisites,
c. identification of program objectives,
d. program outcomes,
e. program mission statement and description,
f. courses and course sequencing, and
g. faculty qualifications and recruitment.
 Needs Assessment
 Identification of student prerequisites
 Program Objectives
 Program Outcomes
 Program Mission Statement and Description
 Possible courses and course sequence
 Faculty qualifications to teach specific courses
One excellent source for resources might be nursing schools. You may be able to contact various schools and find out their rationale for programs.
Other sources I found are these (all available through EBSCOHost)
Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Nursing Students by Group Dynamics. By: Khosravani, Setareh; Manoochehri, Houman; Memarian, Robabeh. Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice, 2005, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p1-1, 1p, 4bw; (AN 19360006)
This provides further resources for research on developing educational programs for nursing.