Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Community college student success within healthcare-related associate degree programs
by Ydoyaga, Shannon Straughan, Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 193; 3637198
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to identify student characteristics and academic program factors, which influence the student's ability to persist through degree completion within healthcare-related, associate degree programs within four urban, community colleges. To achieve this outcome, the Bean and Metzner (1985) model of non-traditional student attrition was adapted to analyze academic and demographic variables which may lead to degree completion within healthcare programs of study. Records of 3,237 students from four urban, community colleges, with healthcare-related programs of study and prerequisites of English, anatomy and physiology, and mathematics, were analyzed to determine predictors leading to program completion. The study employed a quantitative, ex post facto design using descriptive statistics, correlation, and logistic regression models to analyze the sample of 552 students. Out of the twelve independent variables for the six programs of study (diagnostic medical sonography, echocardiology technology, invasive cardiovascular technology, nursing, radiologic sciences, and respiratory care programs), cumulative and program grade point averages were found to be significant predictors of program completion. Recommendations included adding shorter certificate options within the programs of study, consider reducing the length of associate degree programs, assessing licensure success and length of programs in the healthcare sector, applying similar studies in university or rural settings, assessment of financial aid and completion in healthcare programs, and establishing pre-advising opportunities to determine the best program fit for students within the healthcare sector, thus increasing the student's ability to persist to program completion or graduation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ronalds, Linda
Commitee: Bronner, Julia, Ford, Thomas, Keener, Barbara
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Adult education, Health education
Keywords: Academic program fators, Community colleges, Healthcare programs, Higher eduction, Student characteristics, Student retention
Publication Number: 3637198
ISBN: 978-1-321-19737-2
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