ERIC Number: ED349036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-20
Reference Count: N/A
Nursing Predictors Study, Phase One.
Dean, Janet H.; Fischer, Susanne E.
In an effort to identify the minimum qualifications necessary for an entering student to succeed in a selective admission Nursing Program at Saint Petersburg Junior College in Florida, a study was conducted of 424 generic nursing students who started the program in January 1988, August 1988, January 1989, and August 1989. A successful student was defined as one completing the Nursing Program in four semesters and passing the Florida Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first attempt. The predictor variables examined were grade point average (GPA) at admission; Multiple Assessment Programs and Services (MAPS) placement test scores; final grades in selected mathematics, English, and science courses; and GPA's for selected courses. Study findings, based on a multiple regression analysis, included the following: (1) 60.6% of the students in the study completed the program in four semesters, while another 20.1% completed the program by the end of spring 1992; (2) 62.5% of the total student cohorts passed the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt; (3) pre-admission predictors of successful program completion included a final grade in Human Anatomy and Physiology II (a pre-admission requisite) greater than or equal to B, and a GPA in general education science courses greater than 2.6; and (4) pre-admission predictors for the successful completion of the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt included MAPS reading score greater than 38, and a final grade in the Microbiology Laboratory course of B or better and/or a GPA in general education science courses greater than 2.6. Extensive appendixes contain the research proposal and detailed data tables. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission Criteria, Certification, Courses, Educational Testing, Grade Point Average, Grades (Scholastic), Licensing Examinations (Professions), Multiple Regression Analysis, Nursing Education, Nursing Students, Predictor Variables, Scores, Selective Admission, Student Characteristics, Student Placement, Success, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saint Petersburg Junior Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.