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AAS / AS in Nursing Degree Program Outcomes

Student Learning Program Outcomes (2016-2017)

  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.
  2. Apply the nursing process to make nursing judgments, substantiated with evidence to provide safe, quality patient care across the lifespan.
  3. Use principles of management and delegation to implement plans of care with members of the intraprofessional team to achieve safe, quality patient outcomes.
  4. Demonstrate the standards of professional nursing practice and core values within an ethical and legal framework.
  5. Apply principles of leadership and interprofessional collaboration to improve patient outcomes.
  6. Use evidence-based findings and information technology to improve the quality of care for patients.

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. 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, skills, and abilities required of the graduate of an associate degree nursing program. Presented below are Summer 2016 - Spring 2017 average results of the FCCA as aligned with the six student learning program outcomes.

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 of professional nursing practice: develop a patient-centered plan of care based on the patient’s current clinical condition, demonstrate nursing judgment while implementing patient care, and show proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to begin professional nursing practice.

Result: Students may attempt the CPNE up to three times. Between October 2017 and March 2018, 806 students attempted the CPNE with a pass rate of 62%.

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 exit alumni survey is an average of 4.5 or higher on a 6.0 scale.

For informational purposes only, graduates between July 2016 through June 2017 (n=614) who responded to the Exit Survey (n=272, response rate=44.3%), indicated high levels of achievement across all SLPOs.

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 four years. Approximately 14.7% of students who were new to Excelsior College and enrolled between July 2013 and June 2014 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%
2016 75.53% 81.68% 82.00%
2017 77.61% 84.24% 83.7%
2018 (Q1) 81.21% 87.00% 86.88%

Job Placement Rates

Based on responses to the one-year alumni survey between July 2015 and June 2016 (n=128, response rate=21.6%), 97.7% of graduates indicated full- (89.9%) or part-time (7.9%) employment, with at least 95.1% of those employed working within the field of nursing.

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