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CHAPTER 4: RESULTS AND STATISTICAL INTERPRETATION

Analysis

Analysis was done using the statistical software package SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) version 11.5 (Halley, et al: 2003). Minitab and Microsoft Excel (Patterson: 2006) were also used to statistically analyze, validate ***** interpret ***** collected data.

First, the collected ***** were assigned respective codes, ***** known as dummy variables as a way of adding ***** values of a nominal or ordinal variable to a regression equation and other statistical methods and analyses (Hardy: 1993). The standard approach to modeling categorical variables is to include the ***** variables in the regression ***** by converting each level of ***** categorical variable into a variable ***** its own, usually coded 0 or 1 (Garson: 2008; Hardy: **********).

In this study, financial variables were cl*****sified as categorical variables. To determine if students have received financial aid (FINAID) in their studies (answerable by "Yes"), a code of 1 w***** *****ssigned *****hile those who did not receive any financial ***** (answerable by "No") ***** coded as 0. Age, being a continuous independent v*****riable, was further classified ***** four groups and coded as follow: Code 1 for ages between 18 ***** 29; Code 2 ***** ages ***** 30 and 39; Code 3 for ages between 40 ***** 49; and ***** 4 ***** ages between 50 ***** 59. Note that the minimum age of 20 in the proposal was just an assumption ***** the age student normally starts the program. The youngest age of the ***** in the gathered data for this study is 18.

***** population used in ***** study cons*****ted of 212 ***** ***** were consisted of different ethnicity, and were further coded as follow: Category 1 for White - Non Hispanic; ***** 2 for Black - Non ***** Category 3 for Hispanic; Category 4 ***** Asian; ***** Category 5 for Other. The last category represents other races that were ***** included in the first 4 categories, which include American-Indian, mixed race, and so forth. To classify the gender, code 1 was assigned to designate male students and code 2 for fe***** students.

***** order to find out who among the students have completed the nursing ***** (answerable by "Yes"), a code of 1 was ********** ***** code 0 was assigned for those who did not complete the ***** program (answerable by "No"). The variable code ***** Complete Nursing Program ***** COMPRGM. Since there was a required 70% score or higher sc*****es in the *****ssessment tests of the nurse pre-entrance exam or Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) to be eligible f***** admission, code 1 was assigned ***** signify "Eligible for Admission" and code ***** was ***** to signify "Not Eligible ***** Admission." These ***** are applicable to both HESI Math Score (%) and HESI Reading Comprehension Score (%). For the cumulative pre-requisite grade point average (GPA), a variable code of CUMPRE***** was assigned. Prior to ***** application to the nursing *****, there ***** certain pre-requisite courses to be taken. These courses are Human Anatomy and Physiology

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