Promoting Diversity in Nurse Practitioner Student Population: Experiences with a Holistic Admission Process
Creating a diverse APN workforce and promoting a diverse health care education culture requires a broadening of the traditional metrics of student evaluation, faculty education in the process, and collaboration of multiple faculty to evaluate applicants for admission. This presentation will engage the audience in the discussion of holistic admission models, activities to promote student diversity, and experiences and challenges in developing and implementing a holistic admission process at a university. Best practices in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a holistic admission process to promote a diverse student body will be presented. Initial data from university admissions on student characteristics will be discussed.
Questions for discussion include:
1. How do we as NP educators define diversity in our student populations and what do we envision as goals for diversity in our student population?
2. What is meant by holistic admission and why is the goal of holistic admission becoming a growing trend in college admission decisions?
3. What experiences have been encountered with planning and implementing the holistic admission process, including barriers/challenges, as well as strategies/initiatives?
4. What outcomes are indicative of a successful holistic admission process in NP education?
5. What are the lessons learned and recommendations for moving forward with holistic admission?