Relationship Between Student Selection Criteria and Learner Success for Medical Dosimetry Students

Abstract

 

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 medical dosimetry educational leadership to re-evaluate 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, medical dosimetry 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.

Keywords

student selection; retention; attrition; higher education; allied health; medical dosimetry

Abstract: 

Abstract

 

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 medical dosimetry educational leadership to re-evaluate 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, medical dosimetry 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.

Keywords

student selection; retention; attrition; higher education; allied health; medical dosimetry

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Jamie Baker, PhD, MEd, CMD,* Debra Tucker, PhD,† Edilberto Raynes, MD, PhD,‡ Florence Aitken, EdD,§ and Pamela Allen, PhD║
Year of Publication: 
2015
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Medical Dosimetry

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