Nursing Program Effectiveness/Outcomes Data
Following nursing program completion, graduates take a licensure examination called NCLEX RN. The examination is designed to validate minimum competency. An annual nursing program pass rate is calculated and published by the Indiana State Board of Nursing (ISBN). The pass rate is based on how many candidates who took the test passed on the first attempt. Nursing programs compare their results with the national pass rate. Our goal is to have a program pass rate at, or above, the national pass rate.
Completion rate is a calculation that indicates the number of students who complete the nursing program in the amount of time equivalent to 150% of the program length. For the USF ASN Program, this is three years. The University of Saint Francis also calculates a completion rate for all associate degree graduates. The completion rate calculation takes into account variables including: academic dismissal, student withdrawal for personal reasons, and those who are still enrolled in the program.
The University of Saint Francis sends a survey to all graduates six to twelve months after graduation. Based on those responding to the survey, information is collected regarding graduate employment. Due to low survey response rates from graduates the nursing department also attempts to verify employment directly with graduates.