Date of Award

Summer 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Foundations & Leadership


Community College Leadership

Committee Director

Mitchell R. Williams

Committee Member

Dennis Gregory

Committee Member

Tana Hasart


This study examined, by use of a researcher-developed survey instrument, perceptions between three groups on reasons why students drop out of nursing programs. Also examined are recommendations from the three groups on how to try to avoid nursing student attrition. Specific groups surveyed included native BSN students, RNB students, and a mixed group of nursing faculty. Survey items were divided into two general groups: student-related issues, and institutional issues. Since RNB students (which include a larger number of non-traditional students) and BSN students (which include more of the native university population of traditional students) have many differences, the author attempted to identify what those perceptions are. Two ANOVAs were used in the study, one to identify perceptions from each group on all survey items. The second ANOVA was done to identify the recommendations from each group on how institutions could help prevent attrition. Eight of the sixteen survey items showed significant differences in perception between groups, and two of the five items showed significant differences in recommendations between groups. Strategies for preventing nursing student attrition were proposed in the last chapter with recommendations for further studies.