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Published: Tuesday, 4/29/2014

A Rewarding College Experience is One That May be Defined by Academic Success

Online learning is a staple of education today, but it should not be the only source when it comes to certain programs. Online learning is a staple of education today, but it should not be the only source when it comes to certain programs.

A rewarding college experience is one that may be defined by academic success. Professional Skills Institute (PSI), specializing in nursing education since 2002, has achieved outstanding results by collaborating with Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), a leader in online learning. A combination of quality instruction and the use of ATI resources have helped PSI’s nursing students achieve a 2013 passage rate of 99.08% on the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

ATI nursing education excels in online learning and began with the help of a nurse. In fact, nurses are a valued part of the company today. Boasting a team of people who specializes in tests, ATI has a real understanding of what it takes to pass high stakes tests in part because their learning systems are designed to teach the way individuals learn.

Nursing students at PSI begin their relationship with ATI before they even begin the PN program. To gain admittance into the program, prospective students must pass an entrance test called the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The test measures basic essential skills in the academic content area of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. ATI details different levels of academic preparedness, and a Basic level score is required to pass.

During their first quarter, nursing students begin to use ATI Skills Modules. They are used in every nursing class and consist of a pre-test, a video of instruction and a post-test. Skills modules can include vital signs, physical exams, maternal infant care, IV therapy and many more. A module on HIPAA, which protects the privacy of individual health information, must be completed before students go to clinical sites. ATI resources such as Nurse Logic and PN Learning Systems are also introduced in the first quarter. Nurse Logic involves test taking techniques, nursing concepts and clinical judgment while the PN Learning System provides practice tests on any subject throughout the program and are not graded.

In addition to classic teaching methods using lecture and lab, nursing students must take a practice assessment, an exam given at the end of every nursing course. The goal is for students to receive instant feedback and measure strengths and weaknesses in various subjects.

When students reach their final quarter, a Comprehensive Live NCLEX-PN Review takes place over a three-day period. This review is an all-inclusive, live study session covering essential nursing content that prepares students for the NCLEX-PN. Led by a nurse educator from ATI, the interactive format reviews all content areas and includes test taking strategies. A comprehensive mastery is given, much like a mock NCLEX-PN. Students also participate in clinical excursions where real world scenarios are practiced in a virtual setting. Manikins have evolved as a learning tool and are frequently used in cardiovascular labs. They also have the ability to be programmed for a variety of simulations which enhances a student’s lab experience.

Online learning is a staple of education today, but it should not be the only source when it comes to certain programs. Technology moves at a rapid pace, and as students gravitate to the latest devices many still crave an enriching college experience that includes inspired instruction, an exchange of ideas, the ability to think critically and true hands on experience. Professional Skills Institute and ATI proudly work together in an effort to make this goal a reality.

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