Nursing Program Outcomes

The CCBC Nursing Program has identified four key quality indicators with expected levels of achievement that state:

  1. 85% of the program graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt.
  2. 70% of the students who begin the program will successfully complete the program within three calendar years from the date of entry. 
  3. 75% of students at graduation and nine months after graduation express satisfaction with the Nursing program. 
  4. 90% of the graduate survey respondents will be employed as entry-level practitioners within nine months of graduation. 

In accordance with the requirements established by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Association of Science in nursing program at CCBC is pleased to report on student achievement outcome data in the tables below.

Graduates' success of licensure exam

Graduates’ success on licensure exams is a significant benchmark for any nursing program. Graduates success is calculated by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) by the number of graduates who are successful on passing the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt.

Graduates’ success on licensure exam (NCLEX-RN):

Exam 2016 2015 2014 2013
CCBC pass rate for NCLEX-RN* 80.80% 86.5% 90.94% 91.34%
State average for MBON pass rate for NCLEX-RN 82.82% 80.03% 80.62% 85.86%
Required minimum MBON pass rate for NCLEX-RN 75.55% 74.28% 74.30% 78.33%
*Pass rates reported by Maryland Board of Nursing are calculated by the fiscal year (July 1-June 30) and combine partial results from two classes. Some taker from states outside of Maryland, may be absent from these results.

Successful program completion

Successful program completion is calculated at 150% stated program length (3yars) for all student enrolled in initial nursing courses.

Classes Beginning Semester 3-year Completion Rate
Spring 2011 72.8%
Fall 2011 82.7%
Spring 2012 77.7%
Fall 2012 80.7%
Spring 2013 76.8%
Fall 2013 74.3%
Spring 2014 In progress
Fall 2014 In progress
Spring 2015 In progress
Fall 2015 In progress

Graduate satisfaction

Graduate satisfaction is calculated by the response Very Satisfied or Satisfied, to the following question on the CCBC Nursing Graduate Survey: “Please rate your level of satisfaction with the Overall CCBC Nursing Program.”

Graduating Class Very Satisfied Satisfied Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied
Spring 2013 21% 67% 8% 4%
Fall 2013 43% 55% 3% 0%
Spring 2014 40% 51% 6% 3%
Fall 2014 53% 42% 2% 2%
Spring 2015 14% 79% 7% 0%
Fall 2015 45% 55% 3% 0%
Spring 2016 31% 60% 10% 0%


Employment in Nursing is calculated by those graduates responding yes to the following question on the CCBC Nursing 9 month post-graduation survey: “Are you employed as a Registered Nurse?”

Graduating Class Employed in Nursing*
Spring 2013 88%
Fall 2013 91%
Spring 2014 97%
Fall 2014 94%
Spring 2015 100%
Fall 2016 Pending

* Some graduates do not seek employment immediately upon graduation due to changing life circumstances, relocation, and/or entering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master in Science in Nursing (MSN) program upon completion of their Associate degree.