Medical dosimetry education occupies a specialized branch of allied health higher education. Noted international shortages of health care workers, reduced university funding, limitations on faculty staffing, trends in learner attrition, and increased enrollment of nontraditional students force allied health educational leadership to reevaluate current admission practices. Program officials wish to select medical dosimetry students with the best chances of successful graduation. The purpose of the quantitative ex post facto correlation study was to investigate the relationship between applicant characteristics (cumulative undergraduate grade point average, science grade point average, prior experience as a radiation therapist, and previous academic degrees) and the successful completion of a medical dosimetry program as measured by graduation. A key finding from the quantitative study was the statistically significant positive correlation between a student’s previous degree and his or her successful graduation from the medical dosimetry program. Future research investigations could include a larger research sample representative of more medical dosimetry student populations and additional studies concerning the relationship of a prior history in radiation therapy and the impact on success as a medical dosimetry student. Based on the quantitative correlation analysis, allied health leadership on admissions committees could revise student selection rubrics to place less emphasis on an applicant’s undergraduate cumulative GPA and increase the weight assigned to previous degrees.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher Education Administration, Health education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Medical education, Program completion, Selection criteria, Student retention|
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