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Program Outcomes

1. Graduates' Success on the National Council of Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN):

Expected level of achievement:

The pass rate of first time test-takers for each graduating cohort (all program options) will be at least 80%, and the program's most recent annual NCLEX-RN pass rate of first-time testers will be at least 80% for all graduates during the same 12 month period (Jan-Dec).

Results: Aggregated program NCLEX-RN pass rate:
  • 2018 (data in progress)
  • 2017: 84.72%
  • 2016: 89.23%
  • 2015: 89.34%

2. Program Completion:

Expected level of achievement:
  • Traditional Program: 75% of students who begin the nursing program will complete the program within 9 academic quarters (excluding summer).
  • LPN Opt-in: 50% of students who opt-in to the traditional program at the PN level will complete the program within 5 academic quarters (excluding summer).
  • LPN2RN eLearning: 80% of students who begin the program will complete the program on time (within 4 academic quarters, including summer).
Results: (academic year, July 1 through June 30)

Traditional Program

  • 2018/2019: in progress
  • 2017/2018: 87%
  • 2016/2017: 87%
  • 2015/2016: 81%

LPN Opt-in

  • 2018/2019: in progress
  • 2017/2018: 100%
  • 2016/2017: 86%
  • 2015/2016: 95%

LPN2RN eLearning

  • 2018/2019: 87%
  • 2017/2018: 91%
  • 2016/2017: 93%
  • 2015/2016: 97%

3. Job Placement:

Expected level of achievement:

80% of graduates who have passed the NCLEX-RN will be employed in nursing or pursuing higher education in nursing within 6-12 months after graduation.

Results: Employment rates (academic year, July 1 through June 30)
  • 2017/2018: 100% (through Oct. 2018)
  • 2016/2017: 88%
  • 2015/2016: 98%

4. Graduate Satisfaction:

80% of graduates will agree they are satisfied with the program, as measured by point-of-leaving (POL) and post-graduation surveys.

Results: (academic year, July 1 through June 30)
  • 2018/2019: POL 94% (July through Oct. 2018)
  • 2017/2018: POL 100%; Grad. 98% (through Oct. 2018)
  • 2016/2017: POL 100%; Grad. 100%
  • 2015/2016: POL 99%; Grad. 97%

5. Employer Satisfaction:

80% of employers will agree that they are satisfied with graduate preparation for entry-level RN positions.

Results: (academic year, July 1 through June 30)
  • 2018/2019: in progress
  • 2017/2018: 100% (through Oct. 2018)
  • 2016/2017: 100%
  • 2015/2016: 100%

6. Patient-Centered Nursing Care:

Program graduates will provide patient-centered nursing care (respectful, culturally sensitive, empathetic and compassionate) as evidenced by POL survey with 80% agree; graduate survey with 80% agree; employer survey with 80% agree.

Results: (academic year, July 1 through June 30)
  • 2018/2019: POL 98% (through Oct. 2018); in progress
  • 2017/2018: POL 100%; Grad. 100% (through Oct. 2018); Empl. 100% (through Oct. 2018)
  • 2016/2017: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 100%
  • 2015/2016: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. NA

7. Practice Evidence-Based Nursing:

 Program graduates will practice evidence-based nursing as evidenced by POL survey with 80% agree; graduate survey with 80% agree; employer survey with 80% agree.

Results: (academic year, July 1 through June 30)
  • 2018/2019: POL 100% (through Oct. 2018)
  • 2017/2018: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 88%
  • 2016/2017: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 98%
  • 2015/2016: POL 100%; Grad. NA; Empl. NA

8. Practice Nursing within Established Frameworks:

Program graduates will practice nursing within established professional, legal, and ethical frameworks as evidenced by POL survey with 80% agree; graduate survey with 80% agree; employer survey with 80% agree.

Results: (academic year, July 1 through June 30)
  • 2018/2019: POL 100% (through Oct. 2018)
  • 2017/2018: POL 100%; Grad 100%; Empl. 96% (through Oct. 2018)
  • 2016/2017: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 96%
  • 2015/2016: POL 100%; Grad. NA; Empl. NA

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate critical thinking by applying objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical and coherent conclusions in nursing practice. Critical thinking is an LCC global skill.

Point of Leaving Student Survey Results:
#1 - Critical Thinking: 80% will agree, strongly agree (A/SA)
 2018/2019 Summer 2018  Fall 2018  Winter 2019  Spring 2019 
 A/SA 97%  NA  NA  NA 
 Average Score (max. 4) 3.50  NA  NA  NA 
 2017/2018 Summer 2017  Fall 2017  Winter 2018  Spring 2018 
 A/SA NA  96%  100%  NA 
 Average Score (max. 4) NA  3.78  3.85   
 2016/2017 Summer 2016  Fall 2016  Winter 2017  Spring 2017 
 A/SA 98%  100%  100%  100% 
 Average Score (max. 4) 3.77  3.82  3.91  4.0 
 2015/2016 Summer 2015  Fall 2015  Winter 2016  Spring 2016 
 A/SA 100%  100%  100%  100% 
 Average Score (max. 4) 3.62  3.78  3.79  3.81 

All graduates must achieve this to pass, per the Clinical / Practicum Evaluation Tool.  


2. Demonstrate competence in basic nursing knowledge and skills in the performance of the nursing roles as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession.

Point of Leaving Student Survey Results:
#2 - Demonstrate Competence: 80% will agree/strongly agree (A/SA)
 2018/2019 Summer 2018  Fall 2018  Winter 2019  Spring 2019 
 A/SA 100%  NA  NA  NA 
 Average Score (max. 4) 3.75  NA  NA  NA 
2017/2018 Summer 2017  Fall 2017  Winter 2018  Spring 2018 
A/SA NA  100%  100%  100% 
Average Score (max. 4) NA  3.62  3.46  3.82  
2016/2017 Summer 2016  Fall 2016  Winter 2017  Spring 2017 
A/SA 100%  100%  100%  100% 
Average Score (max. 4) 3.79  3.91  3.87  3.79 
2015/2016 Summer 2015  Fall 2015  Winter 2016  Spring 2016 
A/SA 100%  100%  100%  100% 
Average Score (max. 4) 3.59  3.67  3.75  3.81 

All graduates must achieve this to pass, per the Clinical / Practicum Evaluation Tool. 

 

Kaplan Data (began Winter 2018):
Kaplan Secure Predictor Exam Results
 Qtr/yr Cohort N   # achieved 90% likelihood  
of passing NCLEX-RN  
%  
 W '18 14   11   78.57%  

 


3. Communicate effectively in professional nursing practice. Communication is an LCC global skill.

All graduates must achieve this to pass, per the Clinical / Practicum Evaluation Tool.


4. Process and utilize quantitative data in professional nursing practice. Quantitative Literacy is an LCC global skill.

All graduates must achieve this to pass, per the Clinical / Practicum Evaluation Tool.


5. Incorporate professional interpersonal skills and caring behaviors in nursing practice. Interpersonal relations is an LCC global skill.

All graduates must achieve this to pass, per the Clinical / Practicum Evaluation Tool.


6. Recognize the importance of life-long learning to success in the profession of nursing.

Point of Leaving Student Survey Results:
#6 - Life-long Learning: 80% will agree/strongly agree (A/SA)
 2018/2019 Summer 2018  Fall 2018  Winter 2019  Spring 2019 
 A/SA 100%  NA  NA  NA 
 Average Score (max. 4)  3.89  NA  NA  NA 
 2017/2018 Summer 2017  Fall 2017  Winter 2018  Spring 2018 
 A/SA NA  100%  100%  100% 
 Average Score (max. 4) NA  3.89  3.92  4.00  
 2016/2017 Summer 2016  Fall 2016  Winter 2017  Spring 2017 
 A/SA 100%  100%  100%  100% 
 Average Score (max. 4) 3.90  3.95  3.87  3.93 
 2015/2016 Summer 2015  Fall 2015  Winter 2016  Spring 2016 
 A/SA NA  NA  100%  100% 
 Average Score (max. 4) NA  NA  3.88  3.94 

  All graduates must achieve this to pass, per the Clinical / Practicum Evaluation Tool. 


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General Healthcare Program Inquiries

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   (360) 442-2860
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Nursing Program Inquiries

  Bev Ylen, Program Coordinator
  (360) 442-2860
  bylen@lowercolumbia.edu

Nursing Program Advising

  Donovan Tate, Health Careers Specialist
  (360) 442-2351
  dtate@lowercolumbia.edu

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