College choice among prospective health professions majors: Implications for nursing education

David W. Chapman, William L. Holzemer

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Abstract

Factors associated with high school students' decisions to pursue health‐related fields of study were investigated using the “Survey of Future Plans of High School Seniors.” Data from 10,878 seniors were analyzed using regression and discriminant analysis. Results indicated that: (a) The applicant pool for health professions overlapped most with the applicant pool for education, but education majors were characterized by lower academic aptitude; (b) the specific characteristics of a college were less important to those entering health professions than to those entering other majors; and, (c) health profession applicants with higher academic aptitude purport life goals more consistent with professional advancement than do lower aptitude applicants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-346
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Nursing & Health
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1985

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