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 – RN to MSN students at APUS.

  • PO#1- Improve performance in the professional nursing role by developing leadership, management, sound clinical judgment, and communication skills to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities.
  • PO#2- Utilize evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and leadership principles to promote a culture of safety and achieve outcomes that are grounded in institutional values and professional ethics.
  • PO#3- Apply informatics and healthcare technologies to access critical information, to collaborate with other professionals, and to facilitate optimal patient-centered care.
  • PO#4- Apply scientific principles and the nursing process to evaluate responses to therapies and changes in patient health status.
  • PO#5- Integrate knowledge of human and organizational behavior to lead teams and to promote cultures of safety.
  • PO#6- Analyze the impact of financial, regulatory, and political decisions on local, national and global health outcomes.
  • PO#7- Synthesize knowledge of ethical, socioeconomic, and cultural factors to decrease health disparities, to advocate for diverse populations and to provide culturally relevant healthcare to individuals, groups and communities.
  • PO#8- Employ a spirit of inquiry to embrace the value of lifelong learning and to participate in professional activities that promote and shape the future of nursing.
  • PO#9- Apply the principles of ethical decision making to the practice of the master’s prepared nurse
  • PO#10- Demonstrate leadership skills to support safe nursing practices continually improve patient-centered care.
  • PO#11- Advocate for healthcare policies that improve healthcare outcomes across the lifespan.
  • PO#12- Apply data management principles in the delivery of cost-effective care to improve health outcomes.
  • PO#13- Analyze how healthcare policy and health care economics affect change within the healthcare system.
  • PO#14- Demonstrate effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to support safe and efficient coordination of care.
  • PO#15- 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.

At this time, there is not enough data to report. Updates will be made as soon as this information becomes available.

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 – RN to MSN Program.

At this time, there is not enough data to report. Updates will be made as soon as this information becomes available.