How has Holistic Review Been Used in Nursing?

Although holistic review has been adopted widely in the fields of medicine and dentistry, it is much less common in nursing. According to a study by Urban Universities for HEALTH, less than half of nursing schools surveyed say they currently use a holistic process to admit students, compared to 93% of dental schools and 91% of medical schools.

Bar graph showing self-reported use of holistic review by health profession

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) have developed training programs to help their member schools develop mission-based holistic admissions processes. However, similar training does not yet exist for schools of nursing. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), AACN and Urban Universities for HEALTH created a pilot workshop for nursing deans to address this need for education and training. The workshop was held twice, on March 19 and March 23, 2016, in Washington, DC.  More than 60 nursing deans participated in the in-person workshops and contributed to the Online Community of Practice


Holistic Review in Nursing Materials: Workshop Participant Guidelines [PDF]

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