Evaluation of Admission Criteria as Predictor for Success in the First Semester of an Associate Degree in Nursing Program

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Chairperson

Dr. Marlene Beck

Committee Member

Dr. Karen Barnett


Attrition in the first semester of an ADN program tends to be high and remains a concern for nursing program administrators. Most unsuccessful students in nursing programs leave in the first or second semesters; therefore, studies are needed focused on this early part of ADN programs. One of the challenges for the admissions committee is to determine which admission criteria lead to student success. Nursing schools should choose applicants with the academic aptitude that can meet the demands of rigorous nursing coursework. The purpose of this descriptive correlational study was to evaluate the current admission criteria for a private, nonprofit college's ADN program and determine which criteria correlate with students' success in the first semester. Why some students fail the initial course, Fundamentals of Nursing (NUR101), is an important area of research. Analysis of admission criteria was conducted to determine the predictors of student success in this early part of the ADN program. This study used descriptive and inferential statistics to analyze the data.


A practice dissertation presented to the faculty of the College of Nursing, Sacred Heart University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.