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Program Outcomes

Performance on NCLEX-RN (Licensure Examination)
It is expected that the program’s NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination pass rate for the most recent annual licensure pass rate will be achieved by graduate test takers.

Using the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing time reporting period (10/1 – 9/30), the annual licensure pass rate for NCLEX-RN first time test-takers will be at least 80%. It is expected that >80% of graduates will pass NCLEX-RN on first attempt using Pennsylvania State of Nursing time reporting period.

Program Completion/Graduation Rate
Graduation rate is the percentage of students completing the program within three years following admission to the first nursing course or within 150% of the time of length of nursing courses only (Student Right to Know calculation).

Graduation rate is the percentage of students completing the program within 150% (4.5 years) following admission to the nursing program (Student Right to Know calculation).

Graduation rate is the percentage of students who enter the program and graduate from the diploma program within 100% (normal time) of the timeframe allotted (Program Integrity).

  • ≥80% of students who begin first nursing course will graduate from the diploma program within 150% of timeframe allotted (Student Right to Know). It is expected that ≥ 80% of students will complete the program in the time frame allotted.
  • ≥75% of students who enter the program will graduate from the diploma program within 150% of timeframe allotted. (Student Right to Know)
  • ≥85% of students who enter the program will graduate from the diploma program within 100% of timeframe allotted (normal time) (Program Integrity).

Job Placement Rates
The nursing program prepares the graduate to practice as a generalist in hospitals, health care agencies, and programs in the community. The graduate will assume responsibilities of the professional nurse in these settings. It is expected that with continuing and advanced education, professional growth, and nursing experience, the graduate, over time, will experience promotional changes in areas of specialization and employment settings.

It is expected that 90% of the graduates of the program will be employed in nursing within one year of graduation.

Graduate Program Satisfaction
Graduate program satisfaction is the level of satisfaction with the nursing program's resources, facilities, student services, curriculum, instruction, integrity of practices and policies, and end of program student learning outcomes as evaluated by graduating students and alumni. This is accomplished through evaluation of total program, clinical and classroom instruction, exit interview, and follow-up of graduates. It is expected that ≥ 80% of graduating senior students and graduates at one year will rate program satisfaction overall and by item as ≥ 3 (good to excellent).

Employer Program Satisfaction
Employer program satisfaction is the level of satisfaction with graduates' performance at one year as perceived by their employers. This is measured by a survey of employers on the graduates' use of nursing process, critical thinking, communication, leadership, and patient teaching skills, professional accountability, and professional growth.

It is expected that ≥ 80% of employers will rate graduates at one year as ≥ 3 (good to excellent).