Courses & Programs

Mission & Outcomes

mission asn outcomes pn outcomes essential functions

Mission

The Holyoke Community College Nursing Program mission is to serve the Pioneer Valley and beyond by providing comprehensive, high-quality, evidence-based educational opportunities that are responsive to community health needs and meet the intellectual, esthetic, and practical needs of the diverse nursing student body. The college and nursing program offer a wide range of services appropriate to the nursing program to facilitate the student's success.

asn program outcomes

Program outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the purposes of the ASN education program are achieved and the effectiveness is documented. Program outcomes are measurable levels of achievement designed to evaluate the degree to which the ASN program is achieving its mission and outcomes. The assessment data is used in program decision making for the maintenance and improvement of graduates' success on the licensure examination.

The Holyoke Community College nursing faculty has determined the following program outcomes for the ASN curriculum:

  1. Eighty percent of students will pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam on the first attempt.
  2. The program's three-year mean for licensure pass rate will be at or above the national mean for the same three-year period for the ASN programs.
  3. Eighty percent of the students will successfully complete the ASN program in 150% of program length starting from the first day of the first nursing course.
  4. Eighty percent of the graduates of the nursing programs will be employed in nursing within one year of ASN licensure.
  5. Students will evaluate their Holyoke Community College Nursing Education positively with an average of 3 out of 5 on a Likert scale (well to very well).
retention rates
2015 2016 2017 3-year average
HCC-ASN program completion within six semesters (150% of the expected timeframe) 85% 80% 93% 86%

student satisfaction 

Student satisfaction with their HCC ASN education (3 out of 5 on likert scale) rating of well to very well.

2016 2017 2018 3-year average
HCC-ASN satisfaction rate 71% 85% 90% (35/39 reported) 82%

MA board of nursing nclex-asn first time exam pass rates
2016 2017 2018 3-year average
NCLEX-ASN National Average 85% 87% 88% 87%
NCLEX-ASN MA Average 84% 86% 89% 86%
NCLEX-ASN HCC Average 77% 90% 95% 87%

graduation rate

Graduate rate of employment as an ASN (excluding those returning to school)

2015 2016 2017 3-year average
Graduates of the nursing programs will be employed in nursing within 1 year of ASN licensure 100 % (20/20 reported) 94% (16/17 reported) 85% (11/13 reported) 93%

pn program outcomes

Program outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the purpose of the PN nursing education program is achieved and the effectiveness is documented. Program outcomes are measurable levels of achievement designed to evaluate the degree to which the PN program is achieving its mission and outcomes. The assessment data is used in program decision making for the maintenance and improvement of graduates' success on the licensure examination. The Holyoke Community College nursing faculty has determined the following program outcomes for the PN curriculum:

  1. Eighty percent of students will pass the NCLEX-PN licensure exam on the first attempt.
  2. The program's three-year mean for the licensure pass rate will be at or above the national mean for the same three-year period for the practical nurse program.
  3. Fifty percent of students will successfully complete the PN program in 100% of program length once enrolled.
  4. Seventy-five percent of students will successfully complete the PN program in 150% of program length once enrolled.
  5. Eighty percent of graduates of the nursing program will be employed in nursing within six months of PN licensure.
  6. Students will evaluate their Holyoke Community College nursing education positively with an average of 3 out of 5 on Likert scale (well to very well).
MA board of nursing nclex-pn first-time exam pass rates
2016 2017 2018 3-year average
NCLEX-PN National Average 84% 84% 86% 85%
NCLEX-PN MA Average 86% 88% 90% 88%
NCLEX-PN HCC Average 91% 70% 100% 87%

retention rates
2016 2017 2018 3-year average
Completion of the PN program in 100% of program length once enrolled 80% 56% 50% 62%
Completion of the PN program in 150% of program length once enrolled 100% 100% 100% 100%

graduate rate of employment

Graduate rate of employment as an LPN (excluding those returning to school)

2016 2017 2018 3-year average
Graduates of the nursing program will be employed in nursing within 6 months of PN licensure 80% (8/10 reported) 90% (8/9 reported) 100% (9/9 reported) 90% (25/28 reported)

student satisfaction 

Student satisfaction with their HCC PN education (3 out of 5 on likert scale)

2016 2017 2018 3-year average
HCC-PN satisfaction rate 100% (10/10 reported) 100% (9/9 reported) 100% (9/9 reported) 100%

essential functions

The following essential functional abilities will be necessary to successfully enter and to remain in the nursing programs. In some cases, assessment and developmental courses may help students meet these standards. Any student with a disability must be able to meet the essential eligibility requirements for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse in Massachusetts. These requirements, as specified in Massachusetts General Law Chapter 112, ss. 74 and 74A, include graduation from a Board-approved nursing education program, achievement of a pass grade on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX ®). Following the Affirmative Action Policy as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments and other federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Please refer to HCC's Affirmative Action Policy (page 42 in the Student Handbook). Students with a documented disability who choose to seek accommodations are advised to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services at 413.552.2417.

To ensure patient safety, students must be able to demonstrate throughout the program:

Physical
  • Help in positioning patients who may be comatose, paralyzed, or otherwise incapacitated to and from wheelchairs, beds, stretchers, etc. This includes regular lifting, bending, twisting, pulling, and pushing of 40+ pounds.
  • Ability to use hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving, and manipulating materials and things. Frequently reaching above and below shoulder level, while holding objects.
  • Position, place, and move equipment as needed.
  • Respond to and monitor signals, alarms, and call lights.
  • Fine and gross motor ability to sufficiently perform psychomotor skills.
Communication
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language.
  • Active listening: Giving full attention to what others are saying; taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Oral comprehension: The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech clarity: The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech recognition: The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written expression: The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Communicating with others: Providing information to other healthcare professionals by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interacting with computers: Using computers and computer systems, including hardware and software.
  • Civility in class/lab/clinical/online/telephone: Polite, respectful, professional behaviors exhibited.
Cognitive
  • Clinical decision making: Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Control precision: Demonstrate muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, performing physical assessment, performing psychomotor skills, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Problem sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person's life or safety and intervene in a crisis situation appropriately.
  • Tactile sensitivity: Determine by touch hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
Emotional
  • Dependability: Requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling role obligations.
  • Integrity: Requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation: Requires being pleasant with others displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self control: Requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for others: Requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings.
  • Initiative: Requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Stress tolerance: Calmly and effectively participates in constructive dialogue in a variety of high-stress situations.
  • Adaptability/flexibility: Requires the ability to manage unexpected events.

United States Department of Labor in their "Dictionary of Occupational Titles," Central Oregon Community College, Academic and Technical Standards.