Date of Award

Spring 2010

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Susan J Fetzer


A descriptive correlation study was conducted to investigate the relationship between nursing students' satisfaction with online education and their preferred learning style. Eighty-nine nursing students from a Northeast university completed the Visual (V), Auditory (A), Read/Write (R), and Kinesthetic (K), (VARK) learning style inventory tool, Online Course Satisfaction Survey (OCSS) and demographic questionnaire. Findings revealed an overall 67% satisfaction rate with online education but dissatisfaction in the areas of communication and interaction. The study showed the majority of nursing students possess the combination of all four learning preferences, VARK. No statistical significant relationship between a student's learning style and satisfaction with online education was identified, but a relationship between course satisfaction and instructor satisfaction was found. Findings of this study have the potential to influence online nursing curriculum by providing nurse educators with insight into students' learning styles and the different attributes of satisfaction with online education.