Author ORCID Identifier

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Alan Jones, PhD, RN-BC, CNE

Second Advisor

Marlene Call, PhD, MPH, RN


Background: Completing nursing school is a challenging task for many students. Nursing schools and faculty are responsible for identifying barriers to student success and facilitating successful outcomes. The purpose of this project is to implement a preparatory student success course to assist nursing students with overcoming academic and social barriers.

Purpose: Implementing such a course will promote student success, which will have a positive impact on nursing students, faculty, institutions, and the current nursing shortage.

Methods: A student success course was delivered in an online modality during the first semester of an undergraduate BSN nursing program. Anonymous surveys were collected to assess the participants’ perceived level of academic behavior confidence before and after implementation.

Results: There was a statistically significant improvement in the participants’ academic behavior confidence after the implementation of the student success course.

Conclusion: Several studies have identified barriers and facilitators to student success. Promotion of student success is most beneficial before, or during, the first year of undergraduate nursing programs. The student success course used in this project improved the participants’ perceived level of academic behavior confidence. It is highly recommended that the study is replicated with a larger sample size.


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