410 - Systematic Assessment Program Design for Nursing Education

This is the first course offered as part of the Assessment Series. The Assesssment Series is intended to provide educators and administrators with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to design, develop, publish, administer, and evaluate assessments for nursing students.

Registration fee: $150.00

Upcoming Dates: Monday February 5, 2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

Delivered by Ainslie Nibert, PhD, RN, FAAN, Department Chair of Graduate Programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Nursing in Galveston and Wyetta Bontempo, Ph.D., Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc. More info about the faculty members teaching this course is available in the faculty section of the "Find out More" page.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

This synchronous web-based course is recommended for deans and program directors who plan to lead their faculty in the development or revision of their organization's 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(s).

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are as follows. Upon course 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 410 Course contains 2.5 hours of instruction, discussion, and learning activities, 30 minutes of Q&A and 30 minutes of assessment.

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 course.



The topics covered during the 410 Course are:

  1. Introduction
    1. Terms
    2. Relationship Between Assessment & 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