Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Patricia Underwood

Second Advisor

Katherine Kim

Third Advisor

Judith Caldwell


This ex post facto study was designed to determine if the scores of advanced standing LPNs' NCLEX-RN scores were significantly different from those of generic students and to identify predictors of success of NCLEX-RN performance. Based on Bandura's theory of self efficacy it was hypothesized that LPNs would score higher on the NCLEX-RN than generic students. The independent variables were final grades in nursing theory courses (Medical-Surgical, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, and Psychiatric Nursing), and NLN Achievement Tests and the Comprehensive Nursing Achievement Test. The study group included 195 graduates from a small, rural Associate Degree in Nursing program between the years 1982-1988. A t-test revealed no significant difference in the NCLEX-RN scores between the two groups in the study. A stepwise multiple regression analysis showed that the NLN tests were highly significant predictors of performance on the NCLEX-RN. Nursing theory course grades indicated only a moderate relationship with the NCLEX-RN.


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