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Excelsior College


Program: Nursing
Degree or Certificate: AS / Associate of Science
AAS / Associate of Applied Science
Department: School of Nursing
Program website:
Program specializations:

Not applicable

Program mission statement:

The purpose of the Excelsior College associate degree nursing programs is to provide an alternative educational approach to earning an associate degree in nursing. The student's qualifications as a learned individual and a competent member of the nursing profession are documented through an objective assessment program in general education and nursing education designed to promote:
- proficiency in the practice of associate degree nursing.
- a sense of social responsibility and personal fulfillment by emphasizing the need for students to evaluate their own learning and potential achievements in terms of professional relevance and personal goals.
- a foundation for lifelong learning.

Professional accreditation: National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC)
Program learning outcomes:
What Will I Learn?

1) Applies analytic reasoning and problem solving skills, using principles, concepts, and theories from the natural and social sciences to choose among alternative solutions to make clinical decisions.
2) Uses multiple strategies of communication to express self, convey caring, and establish collaborative partnerships with clients and health care providers.
3) Participates in problem identification, assists in data collection, and uses interpreted research findings to plan and implement care.
4) Uses knowledge and skills to apply the nursing process to care for clients in a variety of settings to restore and maintain health or provide end-of-life care.
5) Uses a holistic approach to prioritize and evaluate care delivered to clients across the continuum of the complex health care environment using established nursing standards and protocols.
6) Identifies scope of practice for members of the health care team. Appropriately delegates and manages individuals to deliver care in a variety of settings.
7) Practices within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing and standards of professional nursing practice.
8) Articulates the contributions of professional nursing to health care.
9) Advocates for the rights of clients and members of the profession of nursing.
10) Demonstrates a pattern of human-centered behaviors by maintaining an environment that signifies caring, sensitivity, and cultural competence with others.

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?:

The ten program learning outcomes are assessed via eight nursing theory examinations, the Focussed Clinical Competencies Assessment (FCCA), and the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE). The FCCA is a simulated clinical assessment with three components. The Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE) is a criterion referenced performance assessment administered in the acute care environment. Associate Degree in Nursing students must pass all these examinations in order to graduate from the program. The percentage of graduates meeting each of the outcomes is therefore 100% by definition.

Results of External Exams/Assessments: What third-party assessments will measure what I have learned?:

The National Council of State Board of Nursing's National Council for Licensing Exam (NCLEX) is the exam used in licensing Registered Nurses.

The results are:
NCLEX pass rate for Excelsior College over the past 5 (2003 through 2007) years is: 89%;
NCLEX National average pass rate over the same time period is 86%