AAS / AS in Nursing

Student Learning Program Outcomes
(2013-2014)

  1. Apply analytic reasoning and problem solving skills, using principles, concepts, and theories from the natural and social sciences to choose among alternative solutions to make clinical decisions.
  2. Use multiple strategies of communication to express self, convey caring, and establish collaborative partnerships with clients and health care providers.
  3. Participate in problem identification, assist in data collection, and use interpreted research findings to plan and implement care.
  4. Use knowledge and skills to apply the nursing process to care for clients in a variety of settings to restore and maintain health or provide end-of-life care.
  5. Use a holistic approach to prioritize and evaluate care delivered to clients across the continuum of the complex health care environment using established nursing standards and protocols.
  6. Identify scope of practice for members of the health care team. Appropriately delegate and manage individuals to deliver care in a variety of settings.
  7. Practice within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing and standards of professional nursing practice.
  8. Articulate the contributions of professional nursing to health care.
  9. Advocate for the rights of clients and members of the profession of nursing.
  10. Demonstrate a pattern of human-centered behaviors by maintaining an environment that signifies caring, sensitivity, and cultural competence with others.

Assessment of Student Learning Program Outcomes

The ten program learning outcomes are assessed via eight nursing theory examinations or courses, the Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment® (FCCA®), and the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE®). The FCCA is a simulated clinical assessment with two components. The CPNE is a criterion-referenced performance assessment administered in the acute care environment. Associate Degree in Nursing students must pass all requirements in order to graduate from the program. The achievement of student learning program outcomes is assessed through direct and indirect methods and various measures.

Direct Methods

Presented here are results of the (a) Focused Clinical Competencies Assessments (FCCA), two online assessments measuring knowledge, understanding, and applied skills required of the Associate Degree nurse, and the (b) Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE), which is a criterion-referenced performance assessment that serves as the capstone clinical examination.

FCCA

The FCCA addresses the following 2013-2014 outcomes: 2-7 and 9.

Results:

  1. NURx274A FCCA: Head-to-Toe Assessment and Nursing Process. There were 2,200 attempts 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2014. Overall pass rate was 71%.
  2. NURx274C FCCA Managing Multiple Patients and Working with Interdisciplinary Teams. There were 2,029 attempts 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2014. Overall pass rate was 76%.

CPNE

The CPNE addresses the following 2013-2014 outcomes: 1-5, 7, 9-10.

Results:

Year
(July 1 - June 30)
CPNE Pass Rate Population
2002-2003 63.67% 2,081
2003-2004 59.75% 2,251
2004-2005 64.59% 2,395
2005-2006 64.70% 2,422
2006-2007 62.08% 2,455
2007-2008 60.48% 2,692
2008-2009 62.15% 3,490
2009-2010 61.67% 3,522
2010-2011 59.60% 2,780
2011-2012 51.65% 2,271
2012-2013 47.03% 2,005
2013-2014 51.80% 1,944
Total CPNE Pass Rate 59.58% 30,308

Indirect Methods

Presented here are results of alumni surveys conducted at Exit, One Year, and Three Years post graduation, as well as a supervisor survey completed one year post graduation. Expectations for achievement are considered "met" if the average of responses is 4.50 or greater on a 6-point scale (1=not achieved; 6=completely achieved).

Alumni Surveys

(1 ) Exit Survey: For graduates 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2014 who responded to the survey, average achievement across all competency-specific items associated with each student learning program outcome (SLPO) was the following:

  • SLPO #1 was 5.44 (n=206). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #2 was 5.45 (n=205). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #3 was 5.43 (n=206). Expectation for achievement was met
  • SLPO #4 was 5.50 (n=203). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #5 was 5.39 (n=204). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #6 was 5.44 (n=202). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #7 was 5.64 (n=203). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #8 was 5.47 (n=204). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #9 was 5.58 (n=202). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #10 was 5.51 (n=203). Expectation for achievement was met.

(2) One Year Survey: For graduates 7/1/2012 through 6/30/2013 who responded to the survey, average achievement across all competency-specific items associated with each student learning program outcome (SLPO) was the following:

  • SLPO #1 was 5.38 (n=85). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #2 was 5.41 (n=85). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #3 was 5.38 (n=86). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #4 was 5.54 (n=83). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #5 was 5.36 (n=83). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #6 was 5.46 (n=83). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #7 was 5.67 (n=82). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #8 was 5.38 (n=82). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #9 was 5.67 (n=82). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #10 was 5.57 (n=81). Expectation for achievement was met.

(3) Three Year Survey: For graduates 7/1/2010 through 6/30/2011 who responded to the survey, average achievement across all competency-specific items associated with each student learning program outcome (SLPO) was the following:

  • SLPO #1 was 5.38 (n=76). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #2 was 5.48 (n=76). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #3 was 5.52 (n=77). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #4 was 5.59 (n=75). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #5 was 5.48 (n=75). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #6 was 5.54 (n=74). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #7 was 5.74 (n=73). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #8 was 5.53 (n=74). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #9 was 5.66 (n=74). Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #10 was 5.46 (n=74). Expectation for achievement was met.

Supervisor Survey

Results: For responding employers of graduates between July 1, 2011 and July 2012 (n=9), average achievement across all competency-specific items associated with each student learning program outcome (SLPO) was the following:

  • SLPO #1 was 4.67. Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #2 was 4.78. Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #3 was 4.73. Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #4 was 4.91. Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #5 was 4.53. Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #6 was 4.62. Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #7 was 5.11. Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #8 was 4.67. Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #9 was 4.78. Expectation for achievement was met.
  • SLPO #9 was 4.88. Expectation for achievement was met.

Assessment of Program Outcomes

Excelsior College tracks student performance on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX-RN®, which is the examination used in licensing Registered Nurses.

Results of Associate Degree in Nursing first-time pass rates for Excelsior College, the Nation, and New York State include the following:

Year
by quarter (Q)
Excelsior National New York State
2012 Q1 87.70% 90.10% 88.98%
2012 Q2 81.31% 91.86% 86.57%
2012 Q3 86.21% 87.90% 87.25%
2012 Q4 87.98% 82.21% 81.66%
2013 Q1 78.92% 89.39% 83.42%
2013 Q2 73.68% 80.95% 76.21%
2013 Q3 80.09% 79.56% 75.80%
2013 Q4 72.61% 64.88% 64.29%
2014 Q1 77.17% 82.10% 81.03%
2014 Q2 72.97% 83.84% 74.77%
2014 Q3 74.19% 76.59% 76.70%
2014 Q4 72.22% 65.42% 63.15%
2015 Q1 76.71% 82.74% 81.20%
2015 Q2 76.47% 85.44% 80.74%
Overall
2008-2014
82.13% 85.24% 82.78%

 

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