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Academic Performance Among Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Students: The Role of Previous Degrees and Graduating Nursing Grade Point Average on the National Council Licensure Examination Success

Jordan M. Eckrote, Madelyn G. Kenepp, Khadejah F. Mahmoud MSN, BSN., & Julius M. Kitutu, PhD, MSc. M.Ed., School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Efforts have been made by nursing schools across the country to address the nursing shortage that hospitals face by developing accelerated nursing programs, allowing students who have already obtained an undergraduate or higher degree in a different field(s) to obtain a degree in nursing. Given the high demand and intensive timeline associated with completing the accelerated program, it is important to explore whether having one or more degrees prior to admission can predict academic performance and subsequent success in passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) the first time. The purpose of this retrospective study was to: 1) examine if there was a difference in graduating grade point average (GPA) between students admitted with one degree versus those with two or more degrees in the accelerated program; and 2) determine if graduating nursing GPA, for both groups, predicts NCLEX passing on the first attempt. Data were pooled from the School of Nursing Student Database Accelerated BSN program (n=591) in one academic setting. The data included information on the number of degree(s) completed prior to nursing program admission, students’ graduating nursing GPA, and whether they passed the NCLEX on the first attempt. The study showed no significance in the graduating GPA between students with one previous degree and those with multiple degrees. However, there was a significant difference in first time NCLEX passing among all second degree students based on their graduating GPA (t(589)=8.997, p<.01). The findings of the study indicate graduating GPA is a significant positive predictor of first time NCLEX passing. The study provides information about the role that academic performance has on second degree nursing students’ success in joining the nursing workforce via passing NCLEX. Future studies should also explore how previous degrees’ GPA contribute to students’ performance in nursing school.




Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Madelyn Kenepp, Jordan Eckrote

Institution: University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Type: Oral

Subject: Nursing & Public Health

Status: Approved


Time and Location

Session: Oral 8
Date/Time: Tue 5:00pm-6:00pm
Session Number: 838
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