AAS / AS in Nursing

Student Learning Program Outcomes

  1. Use a caring holistic approach to provide and advocate for safe quality care for patients and families in an environment that values the uniqueness, dignity, and diversity of patients. (Patient-centered Care)
  2. Apply the nursing process to make nursing judgments, substantiated with evidence to provide safe, quality patient care across the lifespan. (Nursing Judgment)
  3. Use principles of management and delegation to implement plans of care with members of the intraprofessional team to achieve safe, quality patient outcomes. (Nursing Judgment)
  4. Demonstrate the standards of professional nursing practice and core values within an ethical and legal framework. (Professional Identity)
  5. Apply principles of leadership and interprofessional collaboration to improve patient outcomes. (Professional Identity)
  6. Use interpreted published research and information technology to improve the quality of care for patients. (Spirit of Inquiry)

Assessment of Student Learning Program Outcomes

Student learning outcomes within each nursing requirement support students' achievement of the six learning program outcomes of the associate degree in nursing program. 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

The Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment® (FCCA®) is a Phase III requirement of the associate degree program that measures knowledge, understanding, and applied skills required of the associate degree nurse. Presented below are Fall 2014-Spring 2015 average results of the FCCA as aligned with the six student learning program outcomes.

Goal: Average achievement across all Phase III requirements will be 75% or greater to successfully meet the student learning program outcome.

Student Learning Program Outcomes Chart

The Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination® (CPNE®) is a dichotomously-scored (pass/fail), criterion-referenced performance examination. It is administered in the authentic patient care environment and is designed to assess three essential, overlapping facets within the domain of nursing practice: application of the nursing process to demonstrate critical thinking, implementation of critical elements within areas of care representing the entire universe of nursing care, and use of the specified psychomotor skills deemed essential to beginning nursing practice.

Result: Between Fiscal Years 2010 and 2015 (July 2009 - June 2015), 75.2% of students passed the CPNE by June 30, 2015.

Of those individuals who passed the CPNE by June 30, 2015:

  • 67.3% passed on their first attempt
  • 26.0% passed on their second attempt
  • 6.7% passed on their third attempt

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 will be updated August 2016 to offer students one year of exposure to the new SLPOs before surveying.

Data for the new student learning program outcomes will be available beginning Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

Assessment of Program Outcomes

Completion of the AAS or AS Nursing Program

The associate degree in nursing programs are designed to be completed at your own pace. Students in either the AS or AAS program are required to complete all degree requirements within seven years of enrollment. The average time to completion for part-time students is three-and-a-half years. Approximately 19% of students who were new to Excelsior College and enrolled between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 completed the program within 9 trimesters (3 years) of attempting their first nursing component requirement.

NCLEX-RN® Licensure Exam

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:

Calendar Year Excelsior
First-Time Pass Rate
First-Time Pass Rate
New York State
First-Time Pass Rate
2013 76.14% 81.42% 76.95%
2014 74.06% 79.27% 76.05%
2015 74.45% 82.00% 79.75%
Calendar Year, Quarter
First-Time Pass Rate
First-Time Pass Rate
New York State
First-Time Pass Rate
2016 Q1 74.86% 80.84% 81.63%
2016 Q2 79.19% 84.82% 83.45%


Job Placement Rates

Based on responses to the one-year alumni survey between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2015, more than 90% of responding graduates indicated full- or part-time employment, with at least 94% indicating employment within the field of nursing. Response rates for the one-year survey ranged between 10% and 15% during the three-year period.

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