Holistic Admissions Review in Nursing Education: A Concept Analysis Using Rodgers' Evolutionary Method

Nurs Educ Perspect. 2022 Mar-Apr;43(2):85-90. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000898.


Aim: The aim of this study was to analyze holistic review within the context of collegiate nursing program admissions.

Background: Holistic review is the evaluation of individual qualifications for college admission based on a pattern of individualized factors, including standardized scores, personal characteristics, experiences, abilities, and educational/professional "fit." Medical schools regularly use holistic review, and more nursing schools may adopt holistic review in the future.

Method: Rodgers' evolutionary method of concept analysis was used to examine usage in current praxis.

Results: Findings support a desire to enhance diversity in collegiate, health-related programs while increasing numbers of culturally competent, qualified providers representative of the US population.

Conclusion: Holistic review promotes diversity of nursing students and future nurse providers. This concept analysis provides a unified definition of holistic review to promote educational and health-care-related equity through increased representativeness of nursing students and future nurses.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing*
  • Holistic Nursing* / education
  • Humans
  • Schools, Nursing
  • Students, Nursing*