ERIC Number: ED214572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Relationship between the First Semester Grade Point Average and the State Board Nursing Scores of Vermont College Graduates.
St. Thomas, Sister
A study was conducted to analyze the relationship between the first-semester grade point average (GPA) of nursing students at Vermont College and their scores on the Nursing State Board Examination. The study sought to determine whether a GPA of 1.75 (which is currently required for progression in the nursing program beyond the first semester) could predict success in the State Board Examination. GPA's were obtained for each freshman student nurse in 1976 and 1977 (N=108) and nursing examination scores were determined for each 1978 and 1979 graduate (N=76), and matching scores and GPA's were correlated. The study revealed that while there was a significant relationship between GPA and Nursing Board scores, a GPA of 1.75 failed to predict success in the examination. However, on the basis of a linear regression analysis, failure in the Nursing Board exams could be predicted with a 95% level of confidence for those students with a first-semester GPA below 1.5. On the basis of these findings, it was recommended that the GPA required for continuation beyond the first semester be lowered from 1.75 to 1.50. The study report includes a review of the literature on GPA and other predictors of student success and a bibliography. (HB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ed. D. Practicum, Nova University.