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Program Outcomes - Nursing AAS

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Nursing AAS program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Apply the nursing process to a group of clients with complex health alterations.
  2. Design and implement nursing care plans for a group of clients with complex health care alterations.
  3. Safely perform complex nursing procedures.
  4. Demonstrate mathematical competency in calculating medication dosages.
  5. Demonstrate synthesis of previous nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes in a clinical setting.
  6. Communicate with members of the health care team to promote health outcomes for a group of clients.
  7. Integrate the client’s cultural and spiritual preferences when providing individualized interventions for a group of clients.
  8. Organize care to achieve desired client outcomes for a group of clients.
  9. Collaborate with client/family/caregiver/health care team to establish priorities, anticipate risk, and provide for discharge transition.
  10. Manage client care delivery, delegate, and supervise members of the health care team.

Program Effectiveness Data

PCC student pass rates for those industry examinations for which data is available are given below.

PCC Student Pass Rate

Following nursing program completion, graduates take the NCLEX-RN© licensure examination (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). An annual rate is calculated based on the number of candidates who pass the test on the first attempt. PCC’s goal is to have a program pass rate at the higher of 90% or the national mean.

Year PCC pass rate Arizona State Average National Average
2014   86.59% 89.99% 81.79%
2015 91.72% 87.03% 84.51%
2016 93.40% 86.03% 84.56%
2017 89.26% 88.07% 87.12%


Completion Rate

Completion rate indicates the number of students who complete the nursing program in the amount of time equivalent to 150% of the program length. For PCC’s ADN program, this is three (3) years. The completion rate calculation takes into account variables including: students still enrolled in the program, student withdrawal for personal reasons, and academic dismissals. PCC’s goal is 75% of students will complete the program in 150% of the allotted time.  

  • 2014:  100%
  • 2015:  97%
  • 2016:  99%
  • 2017:  99.9%

Employment Rates

PCC surveys all graduates nine months after graduation. Information is collected regarding employment rates, student program satisfaction, and employer program satisfaction. PCC’s goal is 90% of graduate respondents who pass the NCLEX-RN© will be employed as a registered nurse or enrolled in a nursing post licensure program within nine (9) months of graduation.    

Year Graduate Satisfaction Employer Satisfaction Employment Rates
2014 84% 84% 100%
2015 92% 86.8% 100%
2016 83% 91% 100%