Nursing (AD) Program Outcomes

RCTC’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, in Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (http://www.acenursing.org/), and has been accredited since its inception.

The ADN program has two cohorts of students, one cohort for the generic track that begins each Fall and Spring semester and a second cohort of LPN mobility students who begin in NURS 1118 of the AD program. The LPN mobility students are licensed LPN’s and receive credit for the first semester, N1117: Fundamentals of Nursing. Upon graduation, both cohorts have an associate in science or AS degree in nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, students will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Practice within the ethical and legal framework of the nursing profession. (Professionalism)
  • Identify individual learning goals for personal and professional development within a changing healthcare environment. (Professionalism)
  • Integrate evidence-based knowledge, clinical reasoning, and the nursing process to formulate safe nursing judgments when providing quality care. (Critical Thinking)
  • Demonstrate an attitude of positive regard, respect for diversity, empathy, and integrity when providing relationship centered care. (Caring)
  • Collaborate with the patient, family, and health care team utilizing evidence-based health information/informatics to achieve quality outcomes. (Collaboration)
  • Perform nursing interventions safely for individuals and families in a variety of settings. (Nursing Interventions)

RCTC is proud of our student’s achievements and maintain a continuous improvement plan for continued student success. The following tables demonstrate the outcome data for the ADN program and the LPN mobility track.

Program Outcome 1:  First time NCLEX-RN pass rates will be 80% or greater.

Year 2018 2017 2016
NCLEX-RN first time pass rate as reported by the MN Board of Nursing -January 1-December 31 84.82% 85.15% 91.67%

Program Outcome 2: Program completion rate will be at or above 74% (% of students completing within 150% of the program length).

Year 2016 2015 2014
AD Program Completion Aggregated by Cohort Date 62.85% 71.22% 73.28%

Program Outcome 3:  89% of graduates will gain employment in a RN nursing position within six (6)- twelve (12) months post- graduation.

Year 2017 2016 2015
Number of Graduates 111 102 99
Response Rate 89.2% 80.4% 89.9%
Job placement based on responses 100% 100% 100%