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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 and interpr***** ***** collected data.

First, the collected ***** were assigned respective codes, ***** known as dummy variables as a way of adding the values of a nomin*****l or *****dinal variable ***** a regression equation and other statistical methods and analyses (Hardy: 1993). The standard approach to modeling categorical *****s is ***** include the ***** variables in the regression ***** by convert*****g each level of each categorical variable into a variable ***** its own, usually coded 0 or 1 (Garson: 2*****08; Hardy: *****993).

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

***** population used in th***** study consisted ***** 212 students who were consisted of different ethnicity, and were further coded as follow: Category 1 for White - Non Hispanic; Category 2 for Black ***** Non ***** Category 3 for Hispanic; Category ***** ***** Asian; and Category 5 for Other. The last category represents other races ***** were not *****d in the first 4 categories, which include American-Indian, mixed race, ***** so forth. To classify the gender, code 1 was assigned to designate male students and code 2 for female students.

In order ***** find out ***** among the students have completed the nursing program (answerable ***** "Yes"), a code of 1 ***** used; and ***** 0 was assigned for those who did not complete the nursing program (***** by "No"). The variable code for Complete Nursing Program ***** COMPRGM. Since there was a required 70% score or higher scores in the assessment tests of ***** nurse pre-entrance exam or Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) to be eligible for admission, code ***** was assigned ***** signify "Eligible for Admission" and code 2 was assigned to signify "Not Eligible for Admission." *****se codes 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 CUMPREGPA was *****. Prior to the application to ***** nursing *****, ***** were certain pre-requisite courses ***** be taken. These ***** are Human Anatomy and Physiology

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