Relationship between admission criteria and academic performance: A correlational study in nursing students

Relationship between admission criteria & academic performance

  • Imran Inayat Yousafzai
  • Brekhna Jamil Khyber Medical University
Keywords: Admission criteria, Academic performance, Post RN, Nursing


Background & Objective: An admission criterion is one of the key indicators of academic success. The purpose of admission process is to select best candidates for the particular program who will complete the program successfully. Thus rigorous admission criteria can predict academic performance, decrease failure rate and successful completion of degree. The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between various variables in the existing admission criteria and academic performance.

Methods: A cross sectional study design was chosen. Data (2009-2017) was gathered from the records of Institute of Nursing Science, Khyber Medical University. Variables in the admission criteria included age, gender, previous academic performance, entry test score and experience. The dependent variable was academic performance measured in CGPA. The data was analyzed using correlation and regression analysis through SPSS and STATA.

Results: The results reported a significant relationship between admission criteria and the academic performance of nursing students. Various variables in the admission criteria i.e. SSC marks (r=0.32, p=>0.001), previous academic score at diploma level (r=0.48, p=>0.001) and entry test scores (r=0.26, p=>0.001) have significant relationship between academic performance. However, previous academic scores at diploma level were better predictors of the academic performance.

Conclusion: The study concludes to use integrated admission criteria for the selection of students and bring changes in the traditional admission process.


How to cite this:
Yousafzai II, Jamil B. Relationship between admission criteria and academic performance: A correlational study in nursing students. Pak J Med Sci. 2019;35(3):858-861.  doi:

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