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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 (by cohort graduation year):
  • 2019: 92.3%
  • 2018: 87.5%
  • 2017: 81.75%
  • 2016: 87.61%

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: 82%
  • 2017/2018: 88%
  • 2016/2017: 87%

LPN Opt-in

  • 2018/2019: 100%
  • 2017/2018: 100%
  • 2016/2017: 86%

LPN2RN eLearning

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

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%
  • 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 97% ; Grad. 96% (through July 2019)
  • 2017/2018: POL 100%; Grad. 98%
  • 2016/2017: POL 100%; Grad. 100%

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: 93% (through July 2019)
  • 2017/2018: 100%
  • 2016/2017: 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 99%; Grad. 100%: Empl. 100% (through July 2019)
  • 2017/2018: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 100%
  • 2016/2017: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 100%

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 99%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 90% (through July 2019)
  • 2017/2018: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 97%
  • 2016/2017: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 98%

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%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 100% (through July 2019)
  • 2017/2018: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 97%
  • 2016/2017: POL 100%; Grad. 100%; Empl. 96%

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

See Student Learning Outcomes Achievement Data.


Contact Nursing Programs

We are located on the second floor of the Health & Science Building. Stop by during regular office hours, or call (360) 442-2860 to make an appointment. For a full list of all nursing faculty and staff, please see our Contact Us page.

General Healthcare Program Inquiries

  Health & Science Building, 2nd floor
   (360) 442-2860
Fax: (360) 442-2879

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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