Correlations of pre-admission criteria and post-admission didactic gpa to physician assistant national certifying examination results
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Brittany Imel, Nick Jansen, Alyssa Nelson. (2012). Correlations of Pre-Admission Criteria and Post-Admission Didactic GPA to Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Results. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.84-85
Purpose: To provide research on possible indicators for success using selected pre-admission criteria and post-admission didactic grade point average (GPA) to see if statistically significant correlations could be found between these and Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) performance. Methods: An observational, retrospective cohort study was done utilizing three previous graduating classes of the Wichita State University (WSU) Physician Assistant (PA) program (n=119). Data were analyzed using SPSS 17.0 (Chicago, Il). Results: Institution type (four-year versus two-year) for core science prerequisites was moderately associated with first-time PANCE pass rate (r=.269). PANCE scores, but not pass rate, were strongly associated with didactic GPA (r=.665) and program pharmacology GPA (r=.678). A moderate association was demonstrated between PANCE scores and program anatomy GPA (r=.414). Conclusion: As only one moderate correlation was found between pre-admission criteria and PANCE performance, advice regarding applicant selection criteria is limited.
Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions