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NURS620 - Educational Assessment and Evaluation for Nurse Educators

Course Details

Course Code: NURS620 Course ID: 4798 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The evaluation of learning is a critical component of advanced practice nursing education. This course explores the strategies and models that nurse educators use to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching. Students use evaluation data to improve and revise curriculum. Content in this course is applicable to audiences in both academic and clinical education environments.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/21 - 04/29/22 05/02/22 - 06/26/22 Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the MSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  1. Align a nursing program’s philosophy and the institution’s mission statement with assessment strategies in the nursing program.
  2. Judge a program’s assessment strategies for soundness, ethical principles, and fairness.
  3. Develop steps for implementing a systematic assessment plan.
  4. Apply knowledge of assessment to a nursing program.
  5. Justify the use of a testing blueprint in nursing programs.
  6. Justify use of rubrics as an assessment tool in nursing programs.
  7. Implement best practices in the construction of test items.
  8. Cross-reference testing assessments with the NCLEX test plan and cognitive level.
  9. Participate in collaborative vetting and re-vetting of test questions.
  10. Create a test blue print that cross-references item data.
  11. Evaluate test item merit using item analysis.
  12. Utilize the clinical judgment model to assess application of clinical knowledge.
  13. Perform bias-free clinical evaluations.
  14. Create an effective, ethical and fair testing policy for use in a nursing program.

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Masters Essentials covered in this course include I, II, V, IV, IX.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 9 graded discussions.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to more than 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to discussions being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There are no tests/quizzes in this course.

Written Assignments

There are 4 written assignments due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education, 5th ed.- e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company Lib
Author:Oermann, Marilyn H., Gaberson, Kathleen B.
Unit Cost:$39.99
Book Title:Evaluation Beyond Exams in Nursing Education: Designing Assignments and Evaluating With Rubrics- e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company Lib
Author:Dennison, R., Anita Dempsey, and John Rosselli
Unit Cost:$54.23

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.