Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Katherine Kim

Second Advisor

Donna Larson

Third Advisor

Esther Javetz


The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of two teaching methods on knowledge and skill acquisition in basic cardiac life support. A quasi-experimental, nonequivalent control group, pretest-posttest design was used to compare 37 nursing personnel recertifying in basic cardiac life support. The experimental group received a self-study module. The control group received a lecture and demonstration. Sample selection was one of convenience.; An analysis of covariance was performed to test the hypothesis. There was not a significant difference in acquisition of knowledge in the experimental or control group (p {dollar}>{dollar}.05). Subjects in the control group scored significantly higher (p {dollar}<{dollar}.05) in skill performance than the experimental group.


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