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M.S. Nursing Assessment Results

Program Learning Outcomes

By using various assessment tools and/or rubrics within the classroom, American Public University System (APUS) is able to capture a snapshot of students’ success in fulfilling their program outcomes.  Signature assignments, generally in the final course of a program, are used to assess students’ proficiency in meeting each program outcome (PO).  In order to show proficiency in an area, a student must achieve a score of 85% or greater. American Public University System strives to have 70% or more (university benchmark) of our students reaching the 85% proficiency standard. When this benchmark isn't met, action is taken to improve curriculum and instruction to better serve our students. The below chart shows combined results of M.S. Nursing students at APUS.

  • PO#1- Apply the principles of ethical decision making to the practice of the master’s prepared nurse.
  • PO#2- Demonstrate leadership skills to support safe nursing practices and continually improve patient-centered care.
  • PO#3- Advocate for healthcare policies that improve healthcare outcomes across the lifespan.
  • PO#4- Translate theoretical knowledge, research and evidence-based practice to influence the delivery of high-quality, safe care to diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • PO#5- Apply data management principles in the delivery of cost-effective care to improve health outcomes.
  • PO#6- Analyze how healthcare policy and health care economics affect change within the healthcare system.
  • PO#7- Demonstrate effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to support safe and efficient coordination of care.
  • PO#8- Reflect on personal commitment to lifelong learning to gain the competencies needed to lead the provision of care in a complex and changing healthcare environment.

MSN PO data

End of Program Survey

Student satisfaction is extremely important at American Public University System. Students are asked to complete a survey at the conclusion of their program to give insight on their experience. Below are anonymous, self-reported results, from the End of Program survey, for students in the M.S. Nursing Program.