Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Sharon Leech-Hofland


The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between a baccalaureate nursing student's academic performance and scores received on the National Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN); and to develop an equation to predict NCLEX-RN scores.
The sample consisted of 25 generic students who graduated in 1982 and 1983 from a small private baccalaureate liberal arts college located in the Midwest. An Ex Post Facto research design, using twenty independent variables that relate to academic performance (ACT, CPA, and NLN scores), and one dependent variable (NCLEX-RN), was utilized. Statistical analysis using Pearson's - r and Multiple Regression Analysis was employed to analyze the data.
Each of the independent variables correlated significantly to the dependent variable, with clinical nursing theory CPA's demonstrating the most significant Pearson - r's. Multiple Regression Analysis resulted in the development of a regression equation that accounted for eighty-four percent of the variability in obtained NCLEX-RN scores.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nursing -- Examinations, questions, etc
Academic achievement



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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Nursing Commons