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A comparison of interviewed and non-interviewed student cohorts for the PA program of study and national physician assistant certification exam scores

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dc.contributor.advisor Muma, Richard D.
dc.contributor.author Humphries, Lisa R.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-09-27T13:18:09Z
dc.date.available 2007-09-27T13:18:09Z
dc.date.copyright 2006
dc.date.issued 2006-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/944
dc.description A project presented to the Department of Physician Assistant of Wichita State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Physician Assistant. en
dc.description.abstract Certain student attributes (e.g., GPAs, personal interview scores) have been used by professional college programs to help differentiate candidates during the admissions process in an effort to select candidates that are likely to be successful. Though certain attributes have been evaluated over the years (e.g., GPA), information is lacking regarding the importance of interviewing candidates for admission. Physician assistant programs have routinely interviewed prospective candidates without knowing if the interview makes a difference, specifically on the PA national certifying exam score (NCCPA). Methodology: A retrospective study was done comparing NCCPA aggregate exam scores of WSU PA students. Study subjects included graduates from 1991-1996 who served as the interviewed cohort and graduates from 1997-2002 who served as the non-interviewed cohort. Each study group was subject to descriptive and parametric statistics with the alpha level set at 0.5. An independent sample t-test was used to see if there was a significant difference in NCCPA aggregate exam scores between the cohort groups. Results: The mean of each cohort group was similar. The mean for the interviewed graduates was 496.67 (SD +/- 28.54) and the mean for the non-interviewed graduates was 474.33 (SD +/- 15.28), which were not statistically different. Discussion: In this small study, which only evaluated interviewed and non-interviewed cohort’s aggregate NCCPA exam scores, no difference was found. A large-scale study evaluating the same variables is suggested before generalizations can be made. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Wichita State University, Dept. of Physician Assistant en
dc.subject Physician assistants in education en
dc.subject Predictors of student success en
dc.subject Dental interviews and national board scores en
dc.subject Nursing interviews and national board scores en
dc.subject Psychology in entrance interviews en
dc.title A comparison of interviewed and non-interviewed student cohorts for the PA program of study and national physician assistant certification exam scores en
dc.type Research project en

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