AAS / AS 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 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 end of program student learning 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.

CPNE Pass Rate
From July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019, there were 1363 Clinical Performance in Nursing Exams (CPNE) attempted, and 852 (62%) of them were passed. During this time period, 1339 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, 2018–June 30, 2019, there were 313 attempts at the NSL portion of the Clinical Performance in Nursing Exams (CPNE) and 266 (85%) of them were passed. During this period, 292 students attempted the NSL portion of the exam. Also between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, there were 192 attempts at the PCS portion of the CPNE, of which 154 (80%) were passed. During this time period, 180 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, 2018–June 30, 2019, there were 1363 Clinical Performance in Nursing Exams (CPNE) attempted. The average (arithmetic mean) wait time for attempts with no reschedules was 13 months, with reschedules it was 18 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, 2018–June 30, 2019, there were 313 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 16 months. During this period, 192 PCS components of the CPNE were attempted. The average (arithmetic mean) wait time to the PCS portion of the exam was 19 months. The pilot program was initially offered to those students who had been waiting the longest to take the CPNE.

INDIRECT METHODS

Alumni surveys are administered upon graduation and one-year post-graduation. New end of program student learning outcomes (EPSLOs) 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 was updated August 2016 to offer students one year of exposure to the new EPSLOs 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 EPSLOs.

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

ASSESSMENT OF PROGRAM OUTCOMES AT EXCELSIOR COLLEGE

COMPLETION OF THE AAS OR AS NURSING PROGRAM

The Excelsior associate in nursing degrees 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
National
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* 78.00% 84.24% 83.7%
2018* 81.13% 85.12% 86.30%
2019 (Q1-Q2)* 77.05% 86.87% 88.02%

*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 2019 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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