Student Learning Outcomes for the Concept Based Curriculum

Students will be able to:

Client-Centered CareProvide client centered care promotion therapeutic relationships, caring behaviors, and self-determination across the lifespan for diverse populations.
Safety/Risk ReductionPractice safe nursing care that minimizes risk of harm across systems and client populations.
Clinical JudgmentIntegrate clinical judgment when collaborating with the healthcare team in the management of care for complex clients
Professional BehaviorsPractice professional behaviors that encompass the legal/ethical framework while incorporating self-reflection, leadership and a commitment to recognize the value of life-long learning.
Quality ImprovementManage client care through quality improvement processes, information technology, and fiscal responsibility to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.
Collaboration/CommunicationDemonstrate principles of collaborative practice within the nursing and interdisciplinary teams fostering mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve optimal outcomes of care.
Pharmacology PrinciplesManage the appropriateness, accuracy, and client response to pharmacology principles for clients with complex conditions.

Measurement of End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

Kaplan Testing and Clinical Evaluation methodologies will demonstrate that Virginia Western AAS Nursing students have achieved each end-of-program student learning outcome (EPSLO).

See above for the descriptions of each Student Learning Outcome.

Expected Level of Achievement: 60 (Kaplan Integrated Tests, Level 4 of the Nursing Program)

Student Learning Outcome2023 Trad2023 LPN to AAS2023 Total Cohort2022 Trad2022 LPN to AAS2022 Total Cohort
Client-Centered Care788379767676
Safety/Risk Reduction97100989810098.4
Clinical Judgement787978.6767676
Professional Behaviors777475.9696868.8
Quality Improvement817779.8786875.4
Pharmacology Principles
(Begins May 2024)

100% of program graduates will achieve a satisfactory rating meeting all clinical objectives on the level 4 clinical evaluation tool.

Graduate YearMet or Unmet

Data Sources

  1. Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON)
    NCLEX Registered Nursing Programs Current Year (
  2. National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
    NCLEX_Stats_2023_Q4_PassRates.pdf (
  3. VWCC AAS Nursing Completion Rates: IE reports dated 8/12/2019, 6/1/2020, 10/12/2021, 6/14/2022, 7/13/2023
  4. *AAS Nursing Program Graduate Survey (employment) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
    *Note: Graduate self-reported data and not verified by independent agency.
  5. Kaplan IT Achievement Tests, student records by cohort year 
  6. Level 4 Clinical Evaluation Tool, student records by cohort year 

Updated: February 2, 2024


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 65 Hours
Time: 2 Years

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change


The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western.

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 Fralin Center HP339
New Students: Chapman Hall
 540-857-7341 or 540-857-6644
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
School of Health Professions
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015


Kathy Smith
Interim Nursing Program Head

Diploma in Nursing – Roanoke Memorial School of Nursing, 1978
Bachelor of Science – Roanoke College, 1979
Master of Science in Nursing – West Virginia University, 1985
Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing, 2020


Martha Sullivan, Dean