Date of Conferral



Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Stacy E. Wahl


Students in associate degree nursing (ADN) programs in the United States experience high attrition rates in the first year. The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to examine the relationship between preadmission factors and first-year ADN program completion rates at one college in the south central United States. Constructivist theory provided the framework for the study. Archival data for 228 students from one ADN program were analyzed using binary logistic regression. Results indicated a statistically significant association between prerequisite grade point average (GPA) and first-year program completion. An increase in the number of incoming students ages 25 years and younger was also noted. The professional development project focused on educating nursing faculty to assist students with lower GPAs to be successful. A second component of the project addressed teaching modalities targeted to millennial and Generation Z learners. Findings may be used to increase the number of nurse graduates at the study site, which may improve health care and economic development in the local community.