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Doctor of Philosophy


Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Larry H. Ebbers

Second Advisor

Sharon K. Drake

Third Advisor

Beverly Kruempel


Early identification of predictors of academic success or challenges assists faculty and staff in providing effective support to those who may need it. This study examined the relationship between selected pre- and post-admission criteria and two measures of academic success: successful completion of an associate degree registered nursing program (ADN), and first-attempt success on the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The subjects were 404 students enrolled in the nursing program between 1998 and 2005. The nursing program was located at a small, private, health-system based institution in the Midwest.;There were six pre-admission independent variables and five post-admission independent variables used in the study. The two dependent variables were successful completion of the associate degree nursing program as measured by final grade point average and first-attempt success on the NCLEX-RN.;Two stepwise backward multiple linear regressions were estimated in which each of the six preadmission variables was used to predict final grade point average and each of the five progression variables was used to predict final grade point average. Two multiple logistic regressions were conducted examining the same pre- and post-admission variables on first-attempt NCLEX-RN passage. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was estimated using the pre- and post-admission variables in addition to a demographic variable of age at first semester, and a previous dependent variable of final grade point average on three groups: (1) students who completed the ADN program and passed the NCLEX-RN on first attempt; (2) students who completed the ADN program but did not pass the NCLEX-RN on first attempt; and (3) students who did not complete the ADN program and therefore were not eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Subsequent post-hoc procedures were used to determine significant differences between the three groups of students.;Linear regression results revealed several pre- and post-admission predictors of final grade point average. Logistic regression results revealed that previous college grade point average and grade in the second semester nursing theory course along with graduating class and new ACT composite were statistically significant predictors of first-attempt NCLEX-RN success. ANOVA results, Bonferroni and Tamhane post-hoc results indicated several significant differences among the three groups of students.



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Nancy Lee Conzett Muecke



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