Associate Degree Nursing Program Outcomes


Program outcomes are indicators that are used to assess and evaluate whether graduates meet established measures of program effectiveness. Program outcomes reflect the mission of the nursing program and are used to guide decisions for program improvement. The program outcomes used by the IVCC ADN Program include graduate performance on the registered nurse (RN) licensure exam (NCLEX-RN), program completion rates, program satisfaction measures and job placement rates.


NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
The NCLEX-RN Exam is the licensure exam that ADN Program graduates must successfully complete for RN licensure. The ADN Program outcome specifies that 90% of the graduates who take the NCLEX-RN will pass the examination on the first attempt and meet or exceed the national and state average.  The most recent first-time NCLEX-RN Exam pass rate of program graduates (2017) through the 2rd reporting quarter is 96.67%. 

Program Completion Rates
Program completion (graduation) is an important indicator of student success.  The nursing faculty has established a level of achievement for program completion using the recommended 36 month completion timeframe from the start of the program as defined by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).


Program Satisfaction Measures
Program satisfaction is evaluated through surveys of program graduates and employers of graduates. Of graduates surveyed, 95.12% of graduates in 2016 were satisfied with their educational preparation in the ADN Program. Correspondingly, 84.2% of employers responding to the survey relating to 2015 graduates, indicated that the program graduates were well-prepared to assume an entry-level RN position.


Job Placement Rates
Job placement rates are determined by the number of graduates at one year post graduation who report full-time or part-time employment as a graduate/registered nurse. The most recent job placement rate (2016) for program graduates was 95.35%.


If you have questions about program outcomes or would like to make a comment about the performance of ADN Program graduates, please contact the Department of Nursing at 815-224-0485 or e-mail Julie_Hogue@ivcc.edu.