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

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:

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%
2015 Q3 69.06% 81.55% 80.80%
2015 Q4 74.68% 69.51% 65.89%
79.14% 83.75% 81.00%



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