Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


One place to combat the nursing shortage is in nursing education. With the current nursing shortage it is critical that nursing schools graduate as many successful students as possible. The literature review supported the need for each individual program to conduct research. A retrospective correlation investigation was conducted to explore cognitive and non-cognitive variables to address relationships between student program success in a mid-western area technical college practical nursing program and student entrance examination scores, age, previous college experience, and science course grade point average. The subjects consisted of a non-random convenience sample or nursing students (N = 294) enrolled in a mid-western area technical college practical nursing program for the academic years 1996-1997 through 2002-2003. Statistically significant relationships were identified between program outcome and science course grade point average, r = .424, p = .000, previous college experience, r = .120, P = .039, and three entrance examinations, r = .197, p = .01. r = .291, p = .001, r = .325. p = .000. Faculty in this program have data to plan helping-methods and program selection criteria to promote student success within this program.


Dr. Karyolyn Kells

Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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