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curriculum, curriculum evaluation, nursing education, path analysis, program evaluation



  1. Schooley, Angela PhD, RN, CNE
  2. Kuhn, Jonathan PhD
  3. Strahm, Charlotte DNSc, RN, CNS


The purpose of this study was to explore the application of path analysis to evaluate the curriculum model and provide guidance in course sequencing. Using statistical package R to add and subtract various path connections, the curriculum model was improved to a proposed curriculum model, which passed the exact-fit test ([chi]242 = 45.612, with P = .286 > .05). Path analysis provided an objective method to evaluate the curriculum model and course sequencing in the baccalaureate program under study, while informing possible placement of courses.