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Am J Pharm Educ. 2015 Oct 25;79(8):118. doi: 10.5688/ajpe798118.

The Impact of Prematriculation Admission Characteristics on Graduation Rates in an Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

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MCPHS University, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the impact of admission characteristics on graduation in an accelerated doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program.

METHODS:

Selected prematriculation characteristics of students entering the graduation class years of 2009-2012 on the Worcester and Manchester campuses of MCPHS University were analyzed and compared for on-time graduation.

RESULTS:

Eighty-two percent of evaluated students (699 of 852) graduated on time. Students who were most likely to graduate on-time attended a 4-year school, previously earned a bachelor's degree, had an overall prematriculation grade point average (GPA) greater than or equal to 3.6, and graduated in the spring just prior to matriculating to the university. Factors that reduced the likelihood of graduating on time were also identified. Work experience had a marginal impact on graduating on time.

CONCLUSION:

Although there is no certainty in college admission decisions, prematriculation characteristics can help predict the likelihood for academic success of students in an accelerated PharmD program.

KEYWORDS:

PharmD; accelerated; admission; graduation rate

PMID:
26689686
PMCID:
PMC4678743
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe798118
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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