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

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

In this study, financial variables were classified as categorical variables. To determine if students have received financial aid (FINAID) in their studies (answerable by "Yes"), a code of ***** was assigned while those who did not receive any financial ***** (answerable by "No") were coded as 0. Age, being a continuous independent variable, ***** further cl*****sified ***** four groups and coded as follow: Code 1 for ages between 18 ***** 29; Code 2 for ages between 30 and 39; ***** 3 ***** ages ***** 40 ***** 49; and Code 4 for ages between 50 ***** 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 student in the ga*****red ***** for this study is 18.

The population used in ***** study cons*****ted ***** 212 *****s ***** ***** 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; ***** 4 ***** Asian; ***** Category 5 for Other. The l*****t category represents other races that were not included in the first 4 categories, which include American-Indian, mixed race, and so forth. To classify ***** gender, code 1 was assigned to designate male students and code 2 for female students.

***** order to find out who among the students have completed the nursing program (answerable ***** "Yes"), a code of 1 ***** ********** and ***** 0 was assigned for those who did not complete the nursing program (***** by "No"). The variable code ***** Complete Nursing Program ***** COMPRGM. Since there was a required 70% score or higher scores 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 assigned to ***** "Not Eligible for Admission." *****se codes are applicable to both HESI Math Score (%) ***** HESI Reading Comprehension Score (%). For the cumulative pre-requisite grade point average (GPA), a variable code of CUMPREGPA was assigned. Prior to the application to the nursing program, ***** were certain ***** courses ***** be taken. These courses are Human Anatomy and Physiology


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