A nonexperimental, quantitative, correlation study was utilized as the research design to explore the relationship between multiple academic and demographic variables on the final clinical assessment score and Health Education Systems, Inc., (HESI) Exit Exam (E2) score from a South Texas ADN program. The research was conducted to address the nursing workforce shortage and effective ways to predict academic and clinical achievements for associate degree nursing (ADN) programs. The academic variables for the research consisted of preadmission grade point average (GPA) and Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) I prerequisite GPA. Age and gender were used as the demographic variables for the research.

Quantitative correlational analysis identified if academic and demographic variables were beneficial in determining not only academic achievement but also the clinical success of nursing students to validate admission criteria for the future selection process of applicants at a small, public community college in South Texas. The results of the research determined a student's overall academic performance and demographic background will not inhibit them from becoming a successful nurse.



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