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Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Students: Predictors of Graduation and NCLEX-RN First-Time Pass Rates

Penprase, Barbara B. PhD, RN; Harris, Margaret A. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e318276df16
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It is important to understand and identify factors that affect students’ academic performance before entry into a nursing program and as they progress through the program. The authors discuss a study, and its outcomes, that assessed accelerated second-degree nursing students’ prenursing and core nursing grades that served to predict their success at completing the nursing program and passing NCLEX-RN on first attempt. Strategies were identified to help at-risk students to be successful in the program and with first-time passage of NCLEX-RN.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professors (Dr Penprase and Harris), School of Nursing, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Penprase, School of Nursing, 2002 Human Health Bldg, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48903 (

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