Associate in Nursing Degree Program Outcomes

END OF PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING 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 intra-professional 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 inter-professional collaboration to improve patient outcomes.
  6. Use evidence-based findings and information technology to improve the quality of care for patients.

ASSESSMENT OF END OF PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Student learning outcomes within each nursing requirement support students’ achievement of the six end of program student learning outcomes of the Excelsior associate in nursing degrees. The achievement of end of program student learning 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 Fall 2018–Spring 2019 average achievement results of items aligned to EPSLOs on the FCCA 274A and 274C exams, the July 2018–April 2019 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 end of program student learning outcomes.

*EPSLO 3 and 5 are not measured in Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination® (CPNE®): NUR 299 Nursing Simulation Laboratory

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.

CPNE Pass Rate
From July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, there were 1115 Clinical Performance in Nursing Exams (CPNE) attempted, and 689 (62%) of them were passed. During this time period, 1054 students attempted the exam. Students may attempt the CPNE up to three times.

Pass rates for an alternative, pilot version of the CPNE
The traditional CPNE contains Nursing Simulation Lab (NSL) and Patient Care Situation (PCS) components in a single session. The pilot, which began in April 2018, offers the opportunity to complete the NSL portion first and, if passed, move on to the PCS in a hospital setting at a later date.

Under this pilot version, from July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, there were 408 attempts at the NSL portion of the Clinical Performance in Nursing Exams (CPNE) and 342 (84%) of them were passed. During this period, 380 students attempted the NSL portion of the exam. Also between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, there were 301 attempts at the PCS portion of the CPNE, of which 241 (80%) were passed. During this time period, 285 students attempted the PCS portion of the exam. Students may attempt each part of the CPNE up to three times.

CPNE Wait Time
The CPNE wait times set forth below are calculated based on the time period between the date that a student submits a fully and properly completed CPNE application and the date of their exam attempt.

From July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, there were 1115 Clinical Performance in Nursing Exams (CPNE) attempted. The average (arithmetic mean) wait time for attempts with no reschedule was 10 months, with reschedules it was 14 months. These figures include students who declined the first date or test site offered to them.

Wait times for an alternative, pilot version of the CPNE
The traditional CPNE contains Nursing Simulation Lab (NSL) and Patient Care Situation (PCS) components in a single session. The pilot, which began in April 2018, offers the opportunity to complete the NSL portion first and, if passed, move on to the PCS in a hospital setting at a later date.

From July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, there were 408 NSL components of the Clinical Performance in Nursing Exams (CPNE) attempted. The average (arithmetic mean) wait time to the NSL portion of the exam was 15 months. During this period, 301 PCS components of the CPNE were attempted. The average (arithmetic mean) wait time to the PCS portion of the exam was 20 months. The pilot program was initially offered to those students who had been waiting the longest to take the CPNE.

The nursing program student exit, one-year survey reports, and external reviews are available here.

ASSESSMENT OF PROGRAM OUTCOMES

PROGRAM COMPLETION OF THE AAS OR AS NURSING PROGRAM

The Excelsior associate in nursing degrees are designed to be completed at the student’s pace. The program length for part-time students is 12 trimesters (4 years) and 6 trimesters (2 years) for full-time students. Students in either the AS or AAS program are required to complete all degree requirements within seven years of enrollment.

ACEN defines program completion as the percentage of students who graduate/complete in no more than 150% of the stated nursing program length, beginning with enrollment on the first day of the first nursing course. Based on this definition, approximately 25% of first-time Excelsior College students who enrolled in their first nursing requirement in 2013 completed the associate degree program within 18 trimesters/6 years (i.e., 150% of the average part-time program length of 12 trimesters). Currently there is no full-time data to report.

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 YearAll Excelsior
First-Time Pass Rate
National
First-Time Pass Rate
New York State
First-Time Pass Rate
201376.14%81.42%76.95%
201474.06%79.27%76.05%
201574.45%82.00%79.75%
201675.53%81.68%82.00%
2017*78.00%84.24%83.7%
2018*81.13%85.12%86.30%
2019*77.72%85.16%86.42%
2020 Q1-Q2*78.90%85.95%86.29%

*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 – present 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 from graduates who completed the program between July 2017 and June 2018 (n=636, response rate=9%), 98% of graduate respondents are employed in a position for which the nursing program prepared them.

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