I. Nursing Didactic, Laboratory, and Practicum Courses
Learning experiences in the didactic, laboratory, and practicum components in nursing courses are integrally linked. A student must pass all course components to progress in the curriculum. A failure or withdrawal in one or more of the didactic, laboratory, or practicum components will result in a grade change or changes to reflect the same status (withdrawal or failure) in the other didactic, laboratory, and/or practicum components. For example, if a student fails NSG 312 L, but passes NSG 312, NSG 312 P the grade for each course component (didactic, laboratory, and practicum) will be changed to an "F". If a student withdraws from NSG 312L, he or she must also be withdrawn from NSG 312 and NSG 312P. The student will be required to repeat all components of the course at his/her own expense and this will delay the student’s anticipated date of graduation.
II. Standardized Assessments
Standardized assessments are administered within each of the core nursing courses. The standardized assessment system used by The School of Nursing at Platt College is the Assessment Technology Institute, LLC (ATI). This comprehensive assessment and review program provides a way for students to prepare for the NCLEX-RN throughout their entire nursing education. Exams within the core nursing courses identified below are worth 50% of the course grade. ATI assessments in nursing core courses are integrated into the course grade at a weight of 20%.
Critical Thinking Entrance Assessment – during new student orientation. An inability to achieve a Proficiency Level on this standardized assessment will not impact a student's ability to progress in the curriculum or graduate.
Fundamentals – NSG 250 - other core courses with content applicable to this assessment in which exams are weighted as 50% of the grading components are NSG 231, NSG 232, & NSG 282. This assessment also includes content from NSG 151, but this course will not have exams weighted at 50% of the course grade.
- Pharmacology –NSG 290
- Adult Medical-Surgical –NSG 386 - the other core course with content applicable to this assessment in which exams are weighted at 50% is NSG 385.
- Pediatric Nursing –NSG 387
- Mental Health Nursing –NSG 388
- Obstetric Nursing –NSG 312
- Community Health Nursing –NSG 380
- Leadership in Nursing –NSG 451
Critical Thinking Exit Assessment –NSG 420 - This assessment is not included in the grading components of NSG 420 and an inability to meet the program's slected benchmark on this standardized assessment will not impact a student's ability to progress in the curriculum or graduate.
Nutrition – NSG 420 - This assessment is traken twice during this course-once in the beginning of the course and once toward the end of the course. An inability to reach this program's benchmark of an individiual liklihood of passing the NCLEX-RN of 93% will result in a mathematical calculation (provided in the course syllabus) going into effect that will determine the majority of the course grade.
Purpose of Assessment
The purpose of the assessments is to validate student knowledge of the course content and to ensure that the student has mastered the content area at a proficiency level that will enable him/her to be successful in that content area on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and provide competent nursing care. This type of testing also assists in faculty evaluation of course effectiveness and provides a benchmarking tool to compare our program effectiveness with other BSN programs across the nation.
Students will receive their ATI study materials at the beginning of each major nursing course. Students are expected to utilize all of the ATI resources provided along with their course materials to prepare for the standardized assessments. Percentile Scores and Proficiency Levels
Each of the assessment areas listed above has different percentile scores based on ATI’s national norming studies. The percentile scores are divided into Proficiency Levels by ATI as follows: Below Proficiency Level 1, Proficiency Level 1, Proficiency Level 2, and Proficiency Level 3. Students will receive points for this grading component according to the proficiency level earned as follows:
- Proficiency Level 3 = 100 points
- Proficiency Level 2 = 85 Points
- Proficiency Level 1 = 50 points
- Proficiency Below Level 1 = 0 points
Course finals and the ATI standardized assessments will be given during week 11 and students will only have one attempt on the ATI assessment III.