College of Education and Health Professions

Standardized Tests

1.  Content Mastery Testing

All students (except RNs) enrolled in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing BSN Program will take the secured, computer-generated Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI) Content Mastery Test(s) at the end of the semester in which they are assigned (See Table 1).  For all students (except RNs), these exams will be administered during the 4 semesters of the professional nursing course work. The student ATI package includes two attempts of each test.  Any attempt beyond the second attempt is not included in the package and will be at the student’s expense to be paid by credit card at the time of the exam

To be eligible for the RN Comprehensive Predictor at the end of the last semester of nursing studies, a student must have successfully completed ALL required BSN Courses with a grade of C or higher and achieved the minimum Level 2 ATI Proficiency Level on the final score for all Content Mastery Tests except Pharmacology.*

Table 1:  Content Mastery Tests

Level

Content Mastery Test

Designated Proficiency Level

J1

Foundations and Pharmacology*

Foundations – Level 2

Pharmacology – Level 1

J2

Mental Health

Level 2

S1

Adult Medical Surgical

Level 2

S2

RN Predictor**

National Average

*Designated proficiency level for Pharmacology will be a Level I per ATI recommendation

**RN Predictor to be administered at midterm and during finals week.

The Content Mastery Tests will be used to achieve the following goals: assessment of student progress in achieving professional nursing knowledge as compared to other BSN students, identification of nursing knowledge deficiencies to aid in development of student self-remediation plans, and improvement of student National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX) passing rates.

a)  To be eligible to take a Content Mastery Test, a student must have successfully completed the associated nursing course with a grade of C or higher.  Upon completion of each computerized test, students will receive a computer-generated report that indicates their subset scores within each content area as well as their individual total score, as well as their proficiency level.  Students meeting or exceeding the designated proficiency level  on the first attempt will receive an additional 1 percent bonus on their course grade.

b)  Students receiving a score lower than the designated Proficiency Level on the composite final score on the first attempt will enroll in one credit hour of NURS 3171: Independent Study the following semester (not to exceed two NURS 3171 Independent Study courses). Students will be allowed to progress to the next level while they complete this Independent Study.  Content Mastery Exams must be retaken after presenting evidence of remediation.  (Academic Enhancement Policy).

c)   If a student is enrolled in an academic enhancement Independent Study during their final semester of the program and do not pass, he/she will need to meet with the Assistant Director or Director concerning the areas in which they need remediation, as indicated by the diagnostic indicators for improvement (nursing process, client needs, critical thinking process, and nursing topics) found on the student report.  The Assistant Director or Director will advise the student of resources available for remediation including coaching material, web links, content coaching DVDs provided to each student, textbooks, assignments, and other resources associated with courses.  The students are responsible for their remediation plan.  The student must complete all content mastery exams at the minimum Level 2 ATI Proficiency Level except Pharmacology* before they will be allowed to take the RN Comprehensive Predictor exam. 

2.  Content Mastery Test for LPN Exemption

LPN students who are admitted to the program will be permitted to receive credit for NURS 3634 Nursing Concept: Adult Health & Illness I and NURS 3643 Professional Role Implementation II: Caregiver through a validation examination.  The LPN student will have only one opportunity to take this exam.  Students meeting or exceeding the minimum Level 2 ATI Proficiency Level on the ATI test for NURS 3634 and NURS 3644 will receive credit for the course upon completion of the exam.  Students not scoring at the minimum Level 2 ATI Proficiency Level on the examination will be expected to participate in both courses. 

3.  RN Comprehensive Predictor

All students (except RNs) enrolled in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing BSN Program will take a secured, computerized ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor in the last semester of their program of study and prior to graduation.  Students must achieve the National average or higher before the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing director will sign the student's state board of nursing license examination application.

The RN Comprehensive Predictor requirement is designed to achieve the following goals: assessment of student progress in achieving a professional nursing knowledge as compared to other BSN students, identification of nursing knowledge deficiencies to assist in student development of a self-remediation plan, and improvement of student passing rates on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX).

a)  To be eligible for the RN Comprehensive Predictor, a student must have successfully completed all required BSN courses with a grade of C or higher and achieve the  minimum Level 2 ATI Proficiency Level or higher, except for Pharmacology which is a Level 1, on the composite final score for all content mastery test listed in Table 1.

b)  Students receiving a score less than the National average on the RN Comprehensive Predictor composite final score will be scheduled for advisement with the director or assistant director regarding plans to improve their performance on content associated with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX).

c)  The EMSON assistant director or director will advise students about the diagnostic indicators for improvement (nursing process, client needs, critical thinking process, content topics, and client needs subtopics) as found on their student report(s).  Students are responsible for developing and implementing self-remediation plans, based upon their identified nursing knowledge deficiencies.  The plan will contain the following items:

·         Develop a calendar outlining remediation plan timeline;

·         Develop an on-line focused review based on RN Comprehensive Predictor test results;

·         Complete ATI Learning Systems RN NCLEX Exam;

·         Complete ATI Nurse Logic 2.0 and Advanced Exams at the end of each module;

·         Complete RN Predictor Practice Exam A and B, and

·         Describe and implement other activities to achieve NCLEX success such as NCLEX review courses, review manuals, tutoring, and provide proof of your work.

d)  Once the remediation plan is completed, the student is expected to retest and obtain a score at the national average or higher.