Differences in critical thinking skills between nursing students on a fast-track versus traditional 4-year programme

Khaldoun Aldiabat*, Enam Alsrayheen, Catherine Aquino-Russell, Mohammad Al-Qadire, Omar Al Rawajfah, Sulaiman Dawood Al Sabei

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Background: The authors were unable to find studies comparing the critical thinking skills of nursing students on advanced standing programmes (ASP) and on traditional 4-year BN programmes in Canada. The ASP is a condensed Bachelor of Nursing (BN) programme, designed for students who already have a university degree or similar qualification. Aim: To measure and compare the critical thinking skills of ASP students and traditional 4-year BN students. Method: A cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire used to collect data from 100 nursing students at a university in Canada. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. All research ethics were taken into consideration. Findings: All participants scored highly in their critical thinking skills. However, ASP students scored significantly higher than their counterparts on the 4-year programme (M=21.6 vs M=18.9, F=4.75, P=0.035). Conclusion: Higher critical thinking skills among ASP nursing students is a promising sign to expand and support this type of programme as a fast and effective method to cover the shortage in nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-439
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 8 2021


  • Advanced standing nursing
  • Clinical judgment
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Critical thinking
  • Critical thinking conceptual model
  • Nursing students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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