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Culminating Project Title

Nursing Program Acceptance Criteria

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.


Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Michael Mills

Second Advisor

Krista Soria

Third Advisor

Steven McCullar

Fourth Advisor

Roxanne Wilson

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

retention, admission, nursing, NCLEX, Tinto, Shelton


This study examined the relationship of admission criteria and mobility nursing student success as measured by retention and NCLEX-RN passing on first attempt at five colleges in a Midwest state community college system. Admission criteria, demographic and retention survey data was collected and analyzed related to student program retention and NCLEX-RN passing results. The education level of mother was positively correlated to student retention. The results suggest there is a positive relationship between PN GPA and prerequisite GPA and nursing student retention. A positive correlation was found between four student retention items and perceived faculty support, one student retention item of self-efficacy, and two student retention items of outcome expectations. There was a positive relationships found between the admission criterion of prerequisite GPA and passing of NCLEX-RN on first attempt.



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