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2013 Innovation of the Year Project Detail.


College of Southern Maryland

Applied Prerequisite Testing and FREE Remediation Prove to be a Potent Completion Solution for CGNA Students

Dan Mosser, Susan Ross, and Kelly Winters

Innovation Type:
Workforce Preparation and Development

Description:
In 2010, the Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant (CGNA) courses at the College of Southern Maryland were redesigned to improve student scores on the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) certification exam, which includes written and practical portions. A major component of this effort was the implementation of prerequisite placement testing and remediation. For testing, CSM selected ACT's WorkKeys®. For remediation, CGNA applicants received FREE access to KeyTrain®. Over the next two years, the following outcomes have materialized: (1) Course enrollment increased from 80 in FY10 to over 200 in FY12. (2) All students requiring remediation have passed WorkKeys® when retested. (3) Student retention increased from 50% to 88%. (4) The student pass rate (per cohort) on the MBON written/practical certification exam has risen from 83% and 81.6%, respectively, to 100% overall.

How this project is being recognized:
school newletter; college awards ceremony

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency Cost Effectiveness
Creativity Timeliness Replication
Other

 

 

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