Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Test of Essential Academic Skills as a Predictor of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Completion
by Sicard, Karen, Ph.D., William Carey University, 2014, 125; 10133856
Abstract (Summary)

Current trends in healthcare have impacted every level of nursing education. Challenges to nurse educators to increase the level of education for all nurses have resulted in an increase in the number of students applying to baccalaureate nursing programs. With this increase in the number of applicants, schools of nursing continue to search for admission criteria that allow admission of the students who are most likely to successfully complete the program. The purpose of this study was to determine if the TEAS V, given as part of the admission process to the school of nursing, is predictive of completion of the BSN nursing program. The sample consisted of 93 nursing students (19 – 59 years old) at a private university in the southeastern United States. A correlational, retrospective review of the records was used to collect data for the study. Program completion was investigated to determine if there was a relationship to age, gender, TEAS V composite score, TEAS V subject content scores or pre-nursing GPA. The results of data analysis revealed a statistically significant relationship between age and program completion. The older the student, the more likely the student is to complete the BSN program. The TEAS V composite score, TEAS V reading score and the TEAS V science score were also identified to have statistically significant relationships with program completion. The results of the study are limited to the student population at the study school.

Recommendations include replication of the study with a different student population and a study of the relationship between the TEAS V composite score, reading score and science score with a larger sample size. As nurse educators continue to search for appropriate admission criteria for the BSN program, the TEAS V composite score may be a valid tool to identify students who are most likely to successfully complete the BSN program.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vincent, Janice L.
Commitee: Cooksey, Marilyn M., Herron, LaWanda, Roberts, Jalynn
School: William Carey University
Department: School of Nursing
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-B 77/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health education, Higher education
Keywords: Nursing, Nursing admission exam, Nursing education, Test of Essential Academic Skills
Publication Number: 10133856
ISBN: 978-1-339-92412-0
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