academic success, admissions criteria, holistic admissions, preadmission testing, nursing education, second-degree nursing student



  1. Barton, Lisette PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
  2. Willis, Angela MSN, RNC-OB
  3. Lin, Hsin-Hui PhD


The purpose of this study was to identify a profile of noncognitive preadmission characteristics that were associated with academic failure in a cohort of second-degree nursing students who applied to an urban school of nursing. Preadmission testing data for 86 students from a suite of assessments that predict performance in high-stress environments yielded unique characteristics that were associated with vulnerability to attrition. The findings support the use of holistic admissions criteria to promote success.