Accreditation & Statistics

Approval and Accreditation

Albany State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as a Level IV institution.

The associate and baccalaureate nursing programs at Albany State University are approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

The associate, baccalaureate, master's, and post-master's certificate nursing programs at Albany State University at the West Campus located in Albany, Georgia, and the associate nursing program at Albany State University at the Cordele Campus located in Cordele, Georgia, are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate, baccalaureate, master's, and post-master's certificate nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation.

Accreditation Commission for
Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Georgia Board of Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
(404) 975-5000 (912) 207-1640
http://www.acenursing.org http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/?section=licensing

 

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLOs)

At the completion of the program, the ASN graduate will:

  • Patient-Centered Care
    • Integrate nursing that is patient-centered, caring, and culturally sensitive and based on the physiological, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of patients.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
    • Collaborate with members of the inter-professional healthcare team to promote continuity of patient care and achievement of optional outcomes.
  • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Use best current evidence, expert opinion, and clinical expertise as a basis for nursing practice and clinical judgment.
  • Quality Improvement
    • Promote the development and implementation of quality improvement strategies to advance health care services.
  • Safety
    • Provide a safe environment for patients, self, and others.
  • Informatics
    • Integrate information technology resources into the provision of patient care.
  • Professionalism
    • Practice nursing in a professional, ethical, and legal manner.
  • Leadership
    • Use leadership skills in the management of safe, quality patient care.

At the completion of the program, the BSN graduate will:

  • Professionalism
    • Utilize knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety to provide high quality healthcare by assuming responsibility and accountability for personal actions and professional development ensuring human dignity, integrity, and social justice (AACN, Essential II &VIII).
  • Nursing Process and Critical Thinking
    • Think critically using the nursing process and synthesized knowledge from a liberal education incorporating humanities, sciences, information management, and patient care technology in providing holistic, safe, effective care to individuals, families, groups, and communities across the lifespan to facilitate health promotion and disease prevention (AACN, Essential I, IV, VII, & IX).
  • Therapeutic Communication and Intervention
    • Utilize therapeutic communication and intervention to provide professional nursing care for health promotion and maintenance, illness care, and rehabilitation of the client. (AACN, Essential VIII)
  • Leadership, Collaboration and Advocacy
    • Assume beginning leadership roles, communicating and collaborating with healthcare professionals of interdisciplinary teams, in providing quality care, advocating for care based on ethical, legal, political, and spiritual variables, and developing and implementing financial and regulatory healthcare policies(AACN, Essential V &VI).
  • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Utilize evidenced based practice to advance professional nursing practice, research, and delivery of health care (AACN, Essential III).

At the completion of the program, the MSN graduate will:

  • Professionalism
    • Engage in professional and scholarly activities that promote the profession of nursing and individual development in advanced practice nursing through implementation of evidence- based practice for both direct and indirect patient care. (IOM 4; AACN Essential I)
  • Nursing Process and Critical Thinking
    • Integrate synthesized knowledge of behavioral and natural sciences, humanities, technology, and nursing science to perform advanced practice nursing roles to improve patient care and decrease healthcare cos.t (IOM 1, 5; AACN Essential III, IX)
  • Therapeutic Communication and Interventions
    • Exhibit expertise in the advanced practice nursing role of clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, or nurse educator while incorporating scientific and ethical principles to improve healthcare outcomes for a diverse population. (IOM 9; AACN Essential IV)
  • Leadership, Collaboration and Advocacy
    • Assume advanced leadership roles, including collaborating with members of interdisciplinary teams, and influencing policy-making that impacts positively on healthcare delivery. (IOM 2, 6, 7; AACN Essential II, VI)
  • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Participate as a researcher and a consumer of research in advancing nursing science and practice in disease prevention and promotion and maintenance of optimal health across the lifespan. (IOM 8; ACCN Essential I, IV)
    • Critically analyze healthcare data in order to promote optimal health. (IOM 3; AACN Essential I)

Nursing Program Statistics

The “Program Completion” statistic does NOT indicate what percentage of students have graduated from the specified program (which is otherwise known as the "Retention" or "Graduation" statistic). Rather, full-time students are allowed 1.5 times the established program length (rounded down to the nearest whole semester) to complete their chosen program of study. Thus, the “Program Completion” statistic shows how many full-time students from an indicated acceptance cohort (appearing in parentheses) graduated within this maximum time allotment. Consequently, this statistic should be read as, “Of the full-time students accepted into the [parenthetical year] cohort, [##]% of these students graduated from their program of choice AND did so within the allotted maximum time limit of [non-parenthetical year].” As a result, please be aware that program attrition does affect this statistic, which is most prevalent within the first semester of all nursing programs.

ASN Program Statistics

Metric 2017 2018 2019 2020 4 Yr. Mean
NCLEX Pass Rate:
ASU ASN Programs
87.12% 78.10% 86.52% 77.13% 82.22%
Ntl. NCLEX Pass Rate:
All ASN Programs
84.24% 85.11% 85.17% 82.80% N/A
Ntl. NCLEX Pass Rate:
All Nursing Programs
87.11% 88.29% 88.18% 86.57% N/A

 

Metric 2018 2019 2020
Program Completion Rate:
Trad. ASN Program (Albany)
66.13%
2016 Cohorts
69.61%
2017 Cohorts
73.01%
2018 Cohorts
Program Completion Rate:
Trad. ASN Program (Cordele)*
85.00%
2016 Cohort
N/A N/A
Program Completion Rate:
Evening ASN Program
N/A 87.18%
2017 Cohort
N/A
Program Completion Rate:
Hybrid ASN Program
N/A 86.36%
2017 Cohort
N/A
Program Completion Rate:
HCP-to-RN Bridge (Albany)
90.00%
2016 Cohort
91.80%
2017 Cohort
92.45%
2019 Cohort
Program Completion Rate:
HCP-to-RN Bridge (Cordele)**
N/A N/A 80.88%
2018 Cohort
Program Completion Rate:
ASN Programs
80.38% 83.74% 82.12%
*Program discontinued effective May 31, 2018. Last acceptance cohort was Fall 2016.
**First acceptance cohort was Summer 2018.

 

BSN Program Statistics

Metric 2017 2018 2019 2020 4 Yr. Mean
NCLEX Pass Rate:
ASU BSN Programs
91.67% 85.71% 93.33% 100.00% 92.68%
Ntl. NCLEX Pass Rate:
All BSN Programs
90.04% 91.57% 91.22% 90.29% N/A
Ntl. NCLEX Pass Rate:
All Nursing Programs
87.11% 88.29% 88.18% 86.57% N/A

 

Metric 2018 2019 2020
Program Completion Rate:
Generic BSN Program
23.08%
2014/2015 Cohort
15.91%
2015/2016 Cohort
63.64%
2016 Cohort
Program Completion Rate:
Accelerated BSN Program
100.00%
2016 Cohort
100.00%
2017 Cohort
87.50%
2018 Cohort
Program Completion Rate:
BSN Programs
61.54% 57.96% 75.57%

 

RN-to-BSN PROGRAM STATISTICS

Metric 2018 2019 2020
Program Completion Rate:
RN-to-BSN Program
100.00%
2017 Cohort
100.00%
2018/2019 Cohort
100.00%
2019/2020 Cohort

 

MSN Program Statistics

Metric 2018 2019 2020 3 Yr. Mean
Certification Pass Rate:
MSN-FNP
100.00% 80.00% 83.33% 87.78%

 

Metric 2018 2019 2020
Program Completion Rate:
MSN-FNP
100.00%
2016 Cohort
92.31%
2017 Cohort
78.95%
2018 Cohort 
Program Completion Rate:
MSN-NE
 N/A N/A  83.33%
2017 Cohort