Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Katherine K. Kim

Second Advisor

Emily Droste-Bielak

Third Advisor

William Bell


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of AIDS education on knowledge and health care beliefs of nursing students. There were two hypotheses tested. Hypothesis one: nursing students presented with factual information about AIDS have more knowledge about AIDS than nursing students without AIDS instruction. Hypothesis two: strength of health care beliefs related to AIDS susceptibility, seriousness, benefits, barriers, and health motivation of students with AIDS instruction differ from those without AIDS instruction.; The study was conducted using a pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design. The sample included 29 second term nursing students enrolled in the nursing curriculum of an associate degree program. AIDS knowledge and health care beliefs were measured before and after factual information about AIDS was given to the experimental group. Hypothesis one was not supported. AIDS knowledge of the experimental group was not different from that of the control group (p {dollar}>{dollar}.05). On the posttest, the two groups were not significantly different on four health care beliefs: seriousness, benefits, barriers, and health motivation (p {dollar}>{dollar}.05). A significant difference between the two groups with the susceptibility belief was found at the posttest (p {dollar}<{dollar}.05).


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