NCLEX® Program Reports

Professional Development Seminars

410 - Systematic Assessment Program Design for Nursing Education

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this seminar.

This web-based seminar is recommended for Deans and Program Directors who plan to lead their faculty in the development or revision of a systematic assessment program.


The purpose of this course is to prepare deans and program directors to lead their faculty in the development or revision of a systematic assessment program.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are as follows. Upon seminar completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the aspects of a quality test.
  • Describe the 3 major assessment design approaches and the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Describe the major considerations when designing an assessment program.
  • Identify the major assessment policies & procedures and desirable attributes of each.
  • Identify the technological resources needed for an assessment program and describe major considerations in purchasing/using them.
  • Identify the types of training that faculty need to implement a successful assessment program.


The NCLEX® Program Reports 401 Seminar contains 3 hours of lecture, discussion, and learning activities. Participants are expected to independently complete a 30-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the seminar concludes.

Continuing Education

3.5 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516 Expires (2/4/2025) to all individuals completing the seminar and the end-of-course assessment.



The topics covered during the NCLEX® Program Reports 401 Seminar are:

  1. Introduction
    1. Terms
    2. Relationship Assessment and Evaluation
    3. Assessment Objectives / Stakeholders
    4. Assessment Quality
      1. Validity
      2. Reliability
      3. Objectivity (linking/equating)
      4. Fairness
      5. Efficiency
  2. Program Design
    1. Traditional Design
    2. Evidence-Centered Design
    3. Integrated Multi-level Design (Miami-Dade)
  3. Considerations
    1. Cheating
    2. Adverse Impact
    3. Item Shelf Life
  4. Policies & Procedures
    1. Use of Tests
    2. Test Design Standards
    3. ADA
    4. Missed Test / Retest
    5. Cheating
    6. Proctoring
    7. Test Evaluation
  5. Technology Resources
    1. Item Banking / Test Publishing Software
      1. Integrated vs Separate from LMS
      2. Frameworks / Coding Items
    2. Test Administration
      1. Delivery Channels
      2. Proctoring Solutions
    3. Test Analysis
  6. Training Faculty
    1. Assessment Design
    2. Content Development
    3. Test Administration / Proctoring
    4. Test Analysis / Test Evaluation

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