Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
February 7, 2023
The America Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Post University will host the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) from April 3-5, 2023 when CCNE conducts its programmatic re-accreditation site visit for our RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN, MSN, MSN/MBA-HC.
Third-party comments must relate to the Procedures for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs https://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/CCNE/PDF/Procedures.pdf. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE’s policy on the Conduct of Business in English. Any and all comments submitted to CCNE in a language other than English will not be processed. Comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review the noted nursing program. Your feedback is valued and appreciated.
Please submit comments to CCNE at [email protected].
Or, if you prefer, mail comments to: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Attn: Third-Party Comments 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001
If you have any other additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Sincerely, Dean Kimberly Nerud
American Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Sciences (College) educates a unique population of students. There is a percentage of students completing their programs while working full-time and managing their home life. The College believes that every student should have sufficient time to complete their program and thus will not calculate graduation rates until the last student in a cohort has finished studying. The College calculates and reports graduation rates that allow five years to complete the MBA Healthcare program and six years to complete the RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN, MSN, and DNP programs. As required by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) the College also reports on completion rates for the DNP programs allowing 28 months to complete.
The likelihood of individual student success cannot be determined by looking at cohort graduation rates. However, the College makes strenuous efforts to match students with programs for which they are well-prepared and have outcomes aligned with student goals. As a result, this information on the graduation rates for individual programs gives students an indication of the difficulty in program completion faced by similarly situated program entrants.
Graduation Rates by Program (2022)
|RN to BSN||72%|
|RN to BSN/MSN (RN-BSN Portion)||56%|
|RN to BSN/MSN (MSN Portion)||71%|
|MSN Non-NP Specializations||67%|
|DNP – ACEN (28 months completion)||14%*|
*COVID-19 and other factors impacted student completion during this time.
The design of the College’s programs is for students with significant prior higher education. The rates in the chart below do not provide insight into the College’s ability to promote the success of students in their first year and no basis for comparison to other institutions.
In an effort to provide meaningful data, the College has calculated retention rates using as its sample all students beginning study a in a cohort year. We exclude students who enroll in a program but never actually begin a course from this calculation. The College’s retention rate for the 2021 enrollment year is 83%.
The College believes that program-specific data provides a better indication of the likelihood of similarly situated program entrants continuing their studies beyond the initial year.
Retention Rates by Program for 2021 Enrollment Year (2022 Reporting Year)
|RN to BSN||86%|
|RN to BSN/MSN||93%|
Certification Pass Rates
The College offers three nurse practitioner specializations (Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) within its Master of Science Nursing that prepare students to seek certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Students may complete national certification as an APRN through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certifying Board (AANPCB).
The following table represents data provided to the College by AANPCB and ANCC for the reporting years 2020-2021 representing the number of graduating students and APRN certification exam combined first-attempt and repeaters. This report combines data from 2020 and 2021.
Certification Pass Rates (2020-2021 Reporting Years)
|Program||# Students Who
|MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner||75||62||82.7%|
|MSN–Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||12||9||75.0%|
|MSN-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner||*No data||*No data||*No data|
|Total Overall Programs Pass Rate||87||71||81.6%|
*First graduating cohort 2023
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