Accreditation & Program Outcomes

ACEN Seal

Western's Nursing Program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  Programs accredited by ACEN voluntarily meet rigorous educational standards which are verified through a peer review process.  Not all programs of nursing in the United States chose to pursue accreditation.

Western's Nursing Program is also approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (WSBN).  The WSBN ensures that the nursing curriculum and content delivery meet professional and quality standards.

End of Program Student Outcomes

Both ACEN and the WSBN require stringent monitoring of student outcomes.  Listed below are the various metrics used to assess the success of the program and its graduates.

Western NCLEX First-time Pass Rates Compared to National Average 
Western Benchmark: Exam pass rates will be at least 80% for all first time test takers during the same 12 month period.

Western     Wyoming National
2019 89.19 88.89 86.87**

*Pass Rates per number of Exams Taken from January 1- December 31 

Western     Wyoming National
2018 83.87 89.91* 89.54
2017 100 88.4 87.11

*Pass Rates per number of Exams Taken from July 1-June 30 

 

NCLEX First-time Pass Rates by Year/Cohort/Delivery Type
Western Benchmark: Exam pass rates will be at least 80% for all first time test takers during the same 12 month period.

May Cohort All Students Face-to-face Theory Synchronous Online Theory Advanced Placement
2019 TBD      
2018 83.87%
N=31
*73.33%
N=15
93.75%
N=16
100%
N=2
2017 100% 100%
N=12
100%
N=15
100%
N=3
*July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 (not by Cohort) (N=31) All Students: 86.67%.  Students Passed with First Attempt at NCLEX. 5 Students have repeated the NCLEX and passed in their second attempt.
Re-entry students calculated in actuals.

 

Nursing Program Completion Rates
Western Benchmark: 70% students will complete program in 150% of time.

  All Student Face-to-Face Synchronous Online Theory Advanced Placement
2016-
2019
N=38
87.5%
N=16
75% 
N=16
100% 
N=2
100% 
2015-
2018
N=32
84.3%
N=16
87.5%
N=16
81.2%
*N=3
100%%
2014-
2017
N=24
41.6%
N=15
33.3%
N=9
66.6%
*N=7
85.7%

 

Western Graduate Satisfaction Survey Results
Western Benchmark: Average student response will be greater than or equal to 3.5/5.

2019 Graduate Survey (2018 Graduates)
N=10  32% Response Rate

Benchmark >3.5 All Face-to-Face (N=5) Synchronous Online Theory (N=5)
Safety 4.6 / 5 4.6 / 5 4.6 / 5
Clinical Judgement 4.2 / 5 4.4 / 5 4.0 / 5
Leadership 4.2 / 5 4.2 / 5 4.0 / 5
Patient Centeredness 4.5 / 5 4.2 / 5 4.8 / 5
Professionalism 4.5 / 5 4.4 / 5 4.6 / 5
Health Promotion 4.5 / 5 4.2 / 5 4.6 / 5
Prepared to be a Beginning Competent Nurse 4.0 / 5 3.8 / 5 4.2 / 5

 

Service Area Employer Satisfaction Survey Results
Western Benchmark: Average employer response will be greater than or equal to 3.5/5

2019 Employer Survey (2018 Graduates)
N=7    25% Response Rate

Benchmark > 3.5 All
Safety 4.29 / 5
Clinical Judgement 4.29 / 5
Leadership 4.14 / 5
Patient Centeredness 4.57 / 5
Professionalism 4.43 / 5
Health Promotion 4.14 / 5
Prepared to be a Beginning Competent Nurse 4.29 / 5

 

Number of Recent Graduates Employed in Nursing Field      

Western Benchmark: 85% of graduates are employed in the field of nursing if they desire, 8 months post-graduation.

  Acute Care Mental Health Long Term Care Home Health or Hospice School

Clinic/Office

2018 (N=32)  14 (44%)   1 (3%) 4 (13%)  8 (25%)  5 (16%) 
2018(n=29) 14 (48%) 1 (3%) 4 (14%) 7 (24%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%)
2017(n=28) 22 (79%) 1 (3.5%) 1 (3.5%) 2 (7%) 1 (3.5%) 1 (3.5%)

 

 End-of-program Student Learning Outcomes and Program Outcomes

 Component  

Assessment Method(s)*

 Expected Level(s) of Achievement  

Results of Data Collection

(2019)

 

EPSLO #1: Safety

Provide safe nursing care within the healthcare system. 
NURS 2400 Management of Care Clinical Evaluation Tool- Safety Section 80% of students will receive Instructor Rating at 2 or above 92% of students achieved an instructor rating at 2 or above on Clinical Evaluation Tool (N=38)
NURS 2400 ATI Comprehensive Predictor- RN Group score at or above national average on ATI Sub Score in Safety and Infection Control ATI Predictor: Safety and Infection Control

Group Score: 65.4% (N=38)

National score: 67.3%

 

EPSLO #2:Clinical Judgement

Incorporate prior knowledge, current research, and clinical experience in decision-making. 
 

NURS 2400 ATI Comprehensive Predictor-RN

 roup score of 68% or above on the ATI Sub Score in Management of Care Category ATI Predictor: Management of Care

Group score 78.8% (N=38)

Employer Survey Results  >3.5/5 on 5 point likert scale on Employer Survey Clinical Judgement Question Employer Survey Clinical Judgment

4.29 (N=7)

 

EPSLO #3: Leadership

Demonstrate leadership skills as part of an interprofessional team to promote desired outcomes. 
 

NURS 2400 Poster Presentation

80% of students will receive 75% or above on graded assignment 100% of students achieved at or above 80% on graded assignment (N=38)
Mountain Measurement Results Group Score at or above passing level on Management of Care sub score Mountain Measurement: Management of Care sub score 55%

(N=38); passing score 49%

 

EPSLO #4: Patient Centeredness

Use effective communication and advocacy to provide individualized care. 
 

NURS 2400 ATI Comprehensive Predictor

Program group score on Psychosocial Integrity content area at or above the national group mean ATI Predictor: Psychosocial Integrity

Program group score 72.9% (N=38)

National group mean 71.5%

Mountain Measurement Results Group score at or above passing level on Mountain Measurement Sub Score in Basic Care and Comfort Mountain Measurement: Basic Care and Comfort (N=38)

Program group score 55%

Passing score 49%

 

EPSLO #5: Professionalism

Practice within the core values, principles, and standards of the nursing profession.
 

NURS 2400 Management of Care (MOC) Rubric Results

Average student score will be a rating of >3.5/5 on a five-point Likert scale NURS 2400 MOC rubric: Average total score 4.57/5 (N=38)
Employer Survey Results >3.5/5 on 5 point likert scale for professionalism question Employer Survey Results: 4.43/5 (N=38)

EPSLO #6: Health Promotion

Utilize the nursing process and a broad knowledge base to maximize health.

NURS 2400 ATI Comprehensive Predictor-RN

Program group score at or above national group mean on ATI subscore in Health Promotion and Maintenance

ATI Predictor Health Promotion and Maintenance:

Group score 70.7% (N=38)

National group mean 68.9%

Mountain Measurement Results Group score at or above passing level on Mountain Measurement Sub Score in Health Promotion and Maintenance

Mountain Measurement Health Promotion and Maintenance: Group Score 63% (N=38)

Passing Level 49%

Exam Pass Rate+

NCLEX

Certifications
NCLEX Scores Licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test takers during same 12 month period

2020:

All Students:NCLEX Pass Rates (N=37):

July1, 2018-June 30, 2019: 94.87%

May 2019 Graduation Cohort: 89.19%

Face to Face: 87.5% (N=24)

Rawlins: 100% (N=4)

Distance: 92.3% (N=13)

Advanced Placement: 100% (N=1)

2019:

All Students: NCLEX Pass Rates (N=31):

July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 86.67%

May 2018 Cohort 83.87%

Face to Face 73.33% (N=15)

Advanced Placement 100% (N= 2)

Distance 93.75% (N= 16)

Rawlins 80% (N= 5)

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