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AAS / AS in Nursing Degree Program Outcomes

Student Learning Program Outcomes (2017-2018)

  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 2017 - Spring 2018 average results of the FCCA 274A and 274C exams, the average achievement on NUR 299 Nursing Simulation Laboratory clinical performance, and average achievement on NUR 299 Patient Care Situation clinical performance 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 August 2018, 1,566 students attempted the CPNE with a pass rate of 63%.

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 2017 through June 2018 (n=682) who responded to the Exit Survey items on outcome achievement (n=157, response rate=23%), 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 10.9% of students who were new to Excelsior College and enrolled between July 2014 and June 2015 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 All 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 - 2)* 80.4% 86.88% 87.37%

*Excelsior students pass rates from the state of Tennessee (TN) are reported only to the TN Board of Nursing. All other Excelsior students pass rates are reported to the New York (NY) State Board of Nursing. The First-Time Pass Rates posted on this page for 2017 and 2018 (Q1 and Q2) are an aggregate of all Excelsior students first-time pass rates from both the TN and NY State Boards of Nursing.

Job Placement Rates

Based on responses to the one-year alumni survey between July 2016 and June 2017 (n=71, response rate=12%), 97.2% of graduates indicated full- (84.5%) or part-time 12.7%) employment, with at least 89.9% of those employed working within the field of nursing.

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