American Samoa Community College

II.A.8. The institution validates the effectiveness of department-wide course and/or program examinations, here used, including direct assessment of prior learning.  The institution ensures that processes are in place to reduce test bias and enhance reliability (Accreditation Reference Handbook, 2015)

The institution does not use departmental course or program examinations although several departments/divisions, such as the Nursing Department, Teacher Education Program, and Trades and Technology Division, prepare students for national certification exams.

ASCC, through the Nursing Department, offers programs that will prepare a graduate to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and Registered Nurse (RN) certifications that will provide the foundation for an off-island Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).   The Nurse Aide certificate prepares students to sit the exam to be a Certified Nurses’ Aide  (CNA). Successful completion of these examinations enables the nurses to practice in the United States accredited hospitals and public health agencies within American Samoa, as well as other U.S. Territories.1 

The Teacher Education Program uses PRAXIS I to prepare students for teacher certification in the United States and American Samoa. The Trades and Technology Division continues to prepare automotive students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations.

1 - ASCC Catalog: Nursing, p. 88-89