Program Outcomes: BSN
Cedar Crest College is a private, four-year women’s liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.
Undergraduate Nursing Program Outcomes
- The undergraduate program’s NCLEX-RN Pass Rate for 2016 was 95.41%, which exceeds the national mean of 87.49%.
- NCLEX-RN Pass Rates aggregated by program track also exceed the national mean:
- Part-time Day track: 93.10%
- Part-time Evening/Weekend track: 95.23 %
- Full-time track: 100%
- Job placement rates 6-12 months post-graduation are 91.665%. This is based upon a survey response rate of 16%.
- Program completion has remained consistent over the past three academic years at 68%. Students have the ability to enter the Nursing Program at three distinct points in time under three distinct tracks, which provides the opportunity to select the most appropriate track for their course of study.
- Overall program satisfaction is measured at time of graduation and data is aggregated by program track. Data for the 2016-2017 academic year includes students in the Part-time Day track, Part-time Evening track, Full-time track, and RN-BSN track.
- RN-BSN track: 100% of RN-BSN students indicated that they were satisfied with the program at time of program completion. This data is based on a survey response rate of 100%.
- Part-time Day track: 97.56% of the students indicated that they were satisfied with the program at time of program completion. This data is based on a survey response rate of 100%.
- Part-time Evening/Weekend track: 100% of students indicated that they were satisfied with the program at time of program completion. This data is based on a survey response rate of 100%.
- Full-time track: 96.78% of students indicated that they were satisfied with the program at time of program completion. This data is based on a survey response rate of 100%.
- Comments from students at time of graduation demonstrate overall program satisfaction:
- “Each and every one of the faculty members I have worked with has had a tremendous impact on my learning experiences. The faculty is accommodating and eager to teach and assist in any way they can. I cannot say enough great things about the faculty as a whole.” (August 2016 Graduate)
- “I have told potential students that the faculty facilitate learning for nursing students by using real-world examples, and change their teaching style to fit those of the students that are in the class. They take student feedback and constantly analyze student performance.” (May 2017 Graduate)
- The program is tough and quite intense however it has prepared me to be the professional nurse I anticipated becoming. I feel confident going into the healthcare field and more prepared.(January 2017 Graduate)
The mission of the Cedar Crest College Undergraduate Nursing Program is to prepare professional nurses by building a foundation firmly grounded in the liberal arts. A Cedar Crest College nursing education fosters development of the whole person while cultivating commitment to lifelong learning. Nursing graduates are empowered to assume leadership roles in a global community.
Role-Specific Graduate Competencies
Defines the role of the graduate upon program completion.
- Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice
Graduates will ground their profession in the translation of evidence-based practice.
- Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
Graduates will communicate and collaborate among healthcare professionals to deliver high quality patient care.
- Clinical Prevention and Population Health
Graduates will engage in health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community, and systems level to improve population health.
- Professionalism and Professional values
Graduates will demonstrate professionalism and incorporate the inherent values of altruism, human dignity, integrity, and social justice to their profession.
- Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
Graduates will be prepared to provide wholistic care to patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
(as adapted by the AACN Essentials)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student Learning Outcomes
- Synthesize knowledge form the physical and social sciences, humanities, and nursing in making nursing practice decisions involving culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities.
- Practice effective communication with individuals, families, and communities.
- Integrate all components of the nursing process in promoting optimal health of individuals, families, and communities.
- Collaborate with other members of the health care team in affecting the delivery of health care.
- Synthesize research findings into the practice of nursing and the delivery of care.
- Demonstrate competency to assume a beginning professional nurse role.
Undergraduate Nursing Program Curriculum
The curriculum of the Undergraduate Program at Cedar Crest College is based on the professional standards, guidelines, and competencies of:
- the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice,
- Quality and Safety in Education for Nurses (QSEN), and
- the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations for the Future of Nursing.
The curriculum builds upon the foundational knowledge of the liberal arts, allowing students to obtain core nursing knowledge, core nursing competencies, and professional role development through their classroom and clinical work.
Undergraduate Nursing Program Clinical Experiences
- 903 clinical/laboratory hours across a variety of patient care settings
- 84 clinical hours required for all health promotion and specialty courses.
- 105 clinical hours in Independent Practicum spent 1:1 with a nurse preceptor.
- Students spend time in clinical experiences that include peer leadership, and service learning and mentoring.
- Simulation experiences across a variety of patient care setting using state-of-the-art high fidelity human patient simulators.