ERIC Number: ED327224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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The Development and Implementation of an Open-Entry/Open-Exit Competency-Based Individualized Nursing Assistant Program.
Jones, Sylvester L.
In an effort to increase retention rates among nursing assistant program students, an open-entry/open-exit competency-based individualized program was implemented in 1990 at a small vocational skills center serving low-socioeconomic adult students. This change was instituted in response to a growing drop-out rate and to difficulties expressed by both students and potential students concerning the traditional program format which required completion of the required courses within one trimester. The individualized system had the following characteristics: open-entry and open-exit; variable learning time; credit granted for work completed; evaluation based on performance; and fixed program content. Class attendance data were collected for the 3-month period prior to program implementation and for the 3-month period after the new program was instituted. A comparison of the two periods produced the following findings: (1) enrollment increased over 107% during the 3-month period following implementation of the competency-based program; (2) enrollment during the 3-month period prior to program implementation showed a decrease of 44%; (3) while traditional enrollees had a 44% dropout rate, there were no dropouts recorded during the first three months of the new program; and (4) the program graduation rate increased by 87.5% after implementation of the competency-based phase. Tables provide longitudinal data on the nurse assistant program dropout rate, and the percentage change in dropout rate for each trade. Skills task lists from the nursing assistant program are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Allied Health Occupations Education, Competency Based Education, Dropouts, Educational Certificates, Educational Strategies, Low Income Groups, Nurses Aides, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, School Holding Power, Skill Centers, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.