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 examination period 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 percent. It is expected that greater than or equal to 80 percent of graduates will pass NCLEX-RN on first attempt using Pennsylvania State Board 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 percent of the time of length of nursing courses only (Student Right to Know calculation; ACEN).

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

On-time completion rate is the percentage of students who completed/graduated from the diploma program within 3 years or normal time (Program Integrity).

Greater than or equal to 80 percent of students who begin first nursing course will graduate from the diploma program within 150 percent of time frame allotted (Student Right to Know; ACEN). 

Greater than or equal to 85 percent of students who graduated from the program will have done so within 3 years or 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 percent of the graduates of the program as collected via electronic survey 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 greater than or equal to 80 percent of graduating senior students and graduates at one year will rate program satisfaction overall and by item as greater than or equal to 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, patient teaching skills, professional accountability, and professional growth.

It is expected that greater than or equal to 80 percent of employers will rate graduates at one year as greater than or equal to 3 (good to excellent).