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ERIC Number: ED188728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-5
Pages: 21
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Reference Count: 0
Comparison of the Grade Point Averages of Registered Nurses from Diploma Programs with Registered Nurses from Associate Degree Programs.
Belock, Shirley
The transcripts of the 40 students who graduated from Castleton State College (CSC) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1977, 1978, or 1979 were examined to determine whether registered nurses who graduated from associate degree programs earned higher grade point averages (GPA's) than registered nurses who graduated from hospital-based diploma programs. In determining students' cumulative GPA, grades earned by students while completing associate degree requirements at CSC were eliminated, as were grades earned by students majoring in another area before transferring to the nursing program. Data analysis revealed no significant differences between the GPA's of the 17 students who had begun their upper division work with an associate degree and those of the 23 students who had entered CSC from a hospital-based diploma program. Based upon these findings, it was recommended that CSC continue to admit students from hospital-based programs and to award them lower division credit for their prior learning. The study report reviews literature focusing on the differences between nurses with bachelor's degrees and those without and provides a bibliography. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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