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Master's in Nursing / Registered Nurse to MS in Nursing (RN-MS)

Student Learning Program Outcomes (2015-2016)

  1. Function as a leader and change agent to promote holistic patient-centered care and population health.
  2. Translate evidence to develop health care practices in a culturally and ethically diverse global society.
  3. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines that are essential for nursing judgment and practice.
  4. Integrate specialty practice knowledge to enhance interprofessional collaboration, inform decisions, and improve outcomes.
  5. Exemplify professional values and standards, best practices, and the commitment to lifelong learning in the role of the master's-prepared nurse.
  6. Implement the role of master's-prepared nurse as part of the interprofessional team.
  7. Integrate scholarship, a spirit of inquiry, and innovation to support nursing excellence.

Assessment of Student Learning Program Outcomes

Student learning outcomes within each nursing requirement support students' achievement of the seven learning program outcomes of the Master of Science and Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing programs. Students must pass all requirements to graduate from a program. The achievement of student learning program outcomes is assessed through direct and indirect methods and various methods.

Direct Methods

Presented below are the measures and results of direct assessment efforts that best reflect students' achievement of each student learning program outcome (SLPO) between Summer 2015 and Spring 2016.

Indirect Methods

Alumni surveys are administered upon graduation and one year post-graduation. With alumni permission, surveys are administered to their supervisors one year post-graduation. New student learning program outcomes (SLPOs) were approved by the faculty in July 2014 and phased into nursing requirements beginning with the Fall 2014 trimester. The Exit Survey was updated in August 2015, and the One-year Survey and Supervisor Survey were updated August 2016 to offer students one year of exposure to the new SLPOs before surveying.

Goal: The expected level of achievement for the one-year alumni survey (to be available for FY2017 reporting) is an average of 5.0 or higher on a 6.0 scale.

For informational purposes only, graduates between July 2015 through June 2016 who responded to the Exit Survey (n=54, response rate=45.4%), indicated high levels of achievement across all SLPOs. 

Assessment of Program Outcomes

Completion of the MS in Nursing Program

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to be completed at your own pace; however, students are required to complete all degree requirements within seven years of enrollment. The average time to completion for part-time students is three years. Approximately 31% of students who were new to Excelsior College and enrolled between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 completed the program within nine trimesters (three years) of attempting their first nursing requirement.

Completion of the RN-MS in Nursing Program

The RN to MS in nursing program is designed to be completed at your own pace; however, students are required to complete all degree requirements within 12 years of enrollment. The average time to completion for part-time students is 4.7 years. Approximately 56% of students who were new to Excelsior College and enrolled between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 completed the program with 18 trimesters (six years) of attempting their first nursing component requirement.

Job Placement Rates

Based on responses to the one-year alumni survey between July 2013 and June 2016 (n=57, response rate=21.9%), 91% of graduates indicated full- (79%) or part-time (12%) employment in the field of nursing, with at least 79% of those employed working within their degree specialization.

Preparation for Certification

While the master's degree specializations in leadership and management, informatics, and nursing education are in professional areas generally not requiring certification for practice, the School of Nursing informs its master's degree students of the availability of and requirements for certification in these areas. During 2016, 4.4 individuals passed the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive, Advanced certifcation examination on the first attempt, and 2/4 individuals passed the ANCC Informatics Nursing examination on the first attempt.

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