ERIC Number: ED371805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Nursing Student Performance, 1986-1993: Preliminary Findings. Program Evaluation PE93-1.
A study was conducted at Prince George's Community College (PGCC), in Maryland, to evaluate nursing student performance from point of admission to the taking of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). A sample of 853 students who enrolled in the nursing program entry course between fall 1986 and spring 1992 were surveyed to determine progress and performance of developmental students, the relationship between placement test scores and NCLEX results, the effect of repeating courses on progress and performance, the effect of science aptitude and performance in biology prerequisites on nursing students outcomes, performance of transfers and students who "test out", and the number of students that should be accepted to the program to graduate 100 per year. Significant findings include the following: (1) nearly half the students avoided placement testing or failed to complete required developmental coursework; (2) among those needing remediation, completion of coursework yielded only modest gains in graduation probability; (3) a strong relationship was found between placement English scores and NCLEX pass rates, a fair relationship was found for reading scores, but no relationship was found for math scores; (4) while most students who repeated a nursing course passed it the second time, repeaters generally had trouble with the following course; and (5) to graduate an average of 100 students per year, 167 would have to enter the program annually. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.