Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Assessing students' ability to think critically before beginning a nursing program and again at the completion of the program helps to determine to what degree students' critical thinking skills are developed throughout the whole of the nursing curricula. This study evaluated the statistically significant improvement in critical thinking scores of nursing students from entry to program completion. The relationship of critical thinking exam scores and NC LEX-RN® success was a lso evaluated but it was found that the scores and the change in scores did not predict NCLEX-RN® success