Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Carley Dodd

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Lawrence Santiago

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Pattie Sunderhaus


High United States nursing student attrition rates have attracted political, organizational, and social interest for numerous reasons. This attrition places financial burdens on the students, results in revenue loss for the college, and exacerbates the existing nursing shortage. Students' success in a nursing program is crucial for nurses to practice nursing. The purpose of this retrospective study was to explore the effects of academic performance and demographic/categorical factors on nursing students' progression and completion at a University College of Nursing in the Southern United States. The target population consisted of students enrolled at the University College of Nursing from January 2017 to August 2023 who have either successfully graduated from the program or withdrawn by December 31, 2022. The statistically significant associations revealed the importance of nationality, race, transfer, and academic risk on graduation and National Council Licensure Examination pass rates. As nursing schools continue to explore many ways to attract nontraditional student groups, nursing
programs also need to evaluate issues impacting the successful completion of the various student groups. This study concluded the need to continually assess admission and programmatic process factors' role in better understanding attrition and success as these link with developing appropriate student success strategies for practice settings.

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