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Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Diane Stuenkel

Second Advisor

Mark Crider


Efforts to alleviate the current nursing shortage have focused on recruitment and retention of diverse nursing students. Language acculturation has been identified in the literature as one predictor of academic achievement (Salamonson et al, 2008) PURPOSE: This study examined the relationship between pathophysiology and pharmacology grades and scores on the English Language Acculturation Scale (ELAS) survey for junior-level nursing students (N = 65). The relationship between years living in the United States (U.S.) and pathophysiology and pharmacology grades was examined also. RESULTS: ELAS scores ranged from 7-25, with a mean of22 (SD = 4.27). No statistically significant correlation was found between pathophysiology or pharmacology grades and ELAS score. A weak correlation was identified between length of time lived in the U.S. and pathophysiology grades (r =.260, p < .05) and pharmacology grades (r = .288, p < .05). For this sample, success in pharmacology and pathophysiology coursework paralleled linguistic competence.

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