2016 Fall Practical Nursing Data Summary

2016 Fall Practical Nursing Data Summary

Data and Evidence Analysis Summary – 2016
Practical Nursing
Conducted by Doreen Olson, Adjunct Faculty and Program Development Coordinator, 7-27-2016

WTCS Comparative Data:
Course Completion


Western’s C or Better for Practical Nursing program ranged from 75.5% (2011) to 89.8% (2015).
When compared to the other five colleges selected as a comparison group, Western ranks 6th
out of six. Western’s average is 81.7% for the reporting years 2011-2015. Chippewa Valley
Technical College consistently outranked Western and has the highest completion rate ranging
from 93.6% (2015) to 100% (2011) with an average of 95.2%. Moraine Park Technical College
ranks second with an average completion rate of 92.2% from 2011-2015.
Western’s number of students dropped from 181 (2011) to 97 (2014) then increased to 118 in
2015. Chippewa Valley student numbers increased from 44 (2011) to 125 in 2015. Northeast
Technical College experienced high numbers in 2011 (247) then saw a drop in student count by
2013 (215). In 2015, Northeast Technical College numbers had increased to 315 with a
retention of 87.9%

Fall to Spring Retention

Western’s average is 90.6% over the five year span (2010-2015). Spring 2011 had the highest
retention of 93.3% with the lowest retention noted in 2012 at 87.8%. Chippewa Valley,
Northcentral and Moraine Park Technical Colleges have experienced 100% fall to spring
retention multiple years. Moraine Park retention has notable retentions of 100% for each of the
five spring cohorts (2011-2015).

Second Year Retention

Western’s second year graduation rate ranges between 58.7% (2013) to 62.6% (2014) with an
average of 61%. In comparison to the other five colleges, Western ranks 6th out of six. Chippewa
Valley and Moraine Park has the highest averages at 91.8% and 99.4% respectfully.

Western’s Third Year Graduation

The data does not include third year graduation due to the length of the program.


Labor Market Analysis October 2015
In an analysis of the Western District and occupations associated with the field of Practical Nursing, the
following points are noted:




From 2016-2020, this occupation is expected to grow 13.3%. This is considered strong growth.
Job growth in the Western district is predicted to be higher when compared to a national trend
of 8.1% and state trend of 9.1%.
Job distribution in the district by the year 2020 indicates a high concentration in La Crosse
County (165 jobs). Monroe (66) and Juneau County (62) predict approximately 100 less
positions available than in La Crosse County. Trempealeau and Vernon Counties anticipate 46
and 45 jobs in 2015 respectfully.
This program has an aging population within its employment. 29.4% of those employed are 55
years of age or older and 25.6% are in the 45-54 age range. A small segment of workers (6.6%) is
in the 19-24 year old population. The high school population of students may benefit from
greater exposure to the occupations and benefits of working in the nursing field.
The majority of jobs in 2015 were housed within nursing care facilities (35.3%). General medical
and surgical hospitals had 72 positions (18.6%) and physician offices 50 positions (13.0%).
An analysis of the district’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) shows that there is one
educational program tagged to deliver graduates into the nursing field. In 2014, there were 53
completers for 19 openings. At a cursory glance, it appears that the field is oversaturated with
graduates. In review of the 2013-14 graduate summary, 26 graduates are continuing their
education. It would be beneficial for the program to do a deeper analysis of the employment
rates and the nursing pathway.
Earnings for graduates of this program range from $17.30 per hour to $21.66 per hour with the
median hourly wage of $19.29. This is below the national median wage of $20.43.

Student Satisfaction Trends
The Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory was conducted in the fall of 2015. The instrument asks
students to rate the importance AND the satisfaction with 95 items (1-7 with 7 as highest). Data is not
reported. Two students completed the survey and the data would not be relevant with that low of a
return rate.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Trends
There was only one response to this survey. The only two comments made were:

“I like that all the instructors are very knowledgeable and have work experience in the field
they’re teaching.”


“As a technical college, I was a little disappointed that there weren’t any of the core nursing
classes available in the late afternoon/evening.”

Graduate Follow-Up Trends
Types of jobs obtained

Companies hiring Western

Types of jobs obtained

Companies hiring Western

Emergency Dept Tech
Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, WI
Dean Clinic, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta, WI
Benedictine Health System, La Crosse, WI
Benedictine Manor, La Crosse, WI
Brookdale Senior Living, La Crosse, WI
Correctional Healthcare Companies, Eau Claire, WI
Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston, WI
Morrow Community Home, Sparta, WI
Trempealeau County Health Care Center, Whitehall, WI
Charge RN/Wound Nurse
Patient Care Tech
Morrow Home Community, Sparta, WI
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
Caledonia Care & Rehab, Caledonia, MN
Clare Bridge, La Crosse, WI
Hillview Health Care Center, La Crosse, WI
La Crosse County Jail, La Crosse, WI
Lakeview Health Center, West Salem, WI
Mayo Clinic Health System, Onalaska, WI / La Crosse, WI
Tomah Memorial Hospital, Tomah, WI
Tomah VA Medical Center, Tomah, WI

Career Pathways Assessment
The assessment was not completed specifically for Practical Nursing. This program is a pathway into the
Nursing – Associate Degree program. See Nursing – Associate Degree summary for specifics of the
pathway survey.