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Nursing (ADN) AAS

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Nursing AAS program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Communication - Interact effectively with patients, families, and colleagues to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
  2. Teamwork and Collaboration - Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care (adapted from QSEN, 2013).
  3. Professionalism - Demonstrate accountability for the delivery of care that is consistent with moral, altruistic, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles as described in the Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice.
  4. Safety - Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance (adapted from QSEN, 2013).
  5. Informatics - Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making (adapted from QSEN, 2013).
  6. Quality Improvement - Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes to continuously improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems (adapted from QSEN, 2013).
  7. Evidence-Based Practice - Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care (adapted from QSEN, 2013)
  8. Systems-Based Practice - Demonstrate an awareness of, and responsiveness to, the larger context of the healthcare system (adapted from ACGME, n.d.)
  9. Patient-Centered Care - Provide compassionate and coordinated care based on response for patient’s/designee’s preferences, values, and needs (adapted from QSEN, 2013).
  10. Leadership - Influence the behavior of individuals or groups within their environment in a way that will facilitate the achievement of shared goals.

Program Effectiveness Data

PCC student pass rates for those industry examinations for which data is available are given below.

PCC Student Pass Rate

Following nursing program completion, graduates take the NCLEX-RN© licensure examination (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). An annual rate is calculated based on the number of candidates who pass the test on the first attempt. PCC’s goal is to have a program pass rate at the higher of 90% or the national mean.

Year PCC pass rate Arizona State Average National Average
2017 89.26% 88.07% 87.12%
2018 89.10% 91.90% 88.30%
2019 86.24% 93.00% 88.18%
2020 90.91% 91.44% 86.58%

Completion Rate

Completion rate indicates the number of students who complete the nursing program in the amount of time equivalent to 150% of the program length. For PCC’s ADN program, this is three (3) years. The completion rate calculation takes into account variables including: students still enrolled in the program, student withdrawal for personal reasons, and academic dismissals. PCC’s goal is 75% of students will complete the program in 150% of the allotted time.  

  • 2017:  99.9%
  • 2018:  89.9%
  • 2019:  93.75%

Employment Rates

PCC surveys all graduates nine months after graduation. Information is collected regarding employment rates, student program satisfaction, and employer program satisfaction. PCC’s goal is 90% of graduate respondents who pass the NCLEX-RN© will be employed as a registered nurse or enrolled in a nursing post licensure program within nine (9) months of graduation.    

Year Graduate Satisfaction Employer Satisfaction Employment Rates
2017 92% 84% 96%
2018 93.3% 87.5% 100%
2019 84.3% pending pending
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