Dr. Chapman is an associate professor in the School of Education at the State University of New York at Albany.
College choice among prospective health professions majors: Implications for nursing education
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
Copyright © 1985 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 8, Issue 4, pages 339–346, December 1985
How to Cite
Chapman, D. W. and Holzemer, W. L. (1985), College choice among prospective health professions majors: Implications for nursing education. Res. Nurs. Health, 8: 339–346. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770080406
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 3 OCT 1984
- Manuscript Received: 26 SEP 1983
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.