METHODS: An independent researcher combined CMCC and CCEB data by student name and then anonymized the data and destroyed the linking information. Backward stepwise multiple linear regressions were applied to external dependent variables from the CCEB and internal independent variables from the CMCC.
RESULTS: Forty percent of the variance in the basic science examination (R(2) = 0.405) was explained by the independent variables of third year objective structured clinical examination practical and second-year grade point average (chirhoGPA). Forty-five percent of the variance in the applied science examination (R(2) = 0.448) was explained by the fourth year final examination and chirhoGPA for years 4, 2, and 3. Twenty-four percent of the variance in the clinical decision making examination (R(2) = 0.239) was explained by chirhoGPAs of years 4, 1, 2, and 3. Sixteen percent of the variance in the clinical skills examination (R(2) = 0.160) was explained by the third year objective structured clinical examination theory and chirhoGPA for year 2.
CONCLUSION: For this educational institution, the admissions interview is not a predictor of success on the outcome measures of the CCEB. Student chirhoGPA in year 2 is critical to success on CCEB licensure examinations. This information infers that students should only continue in their education after they have demonstrated a mastery level at the end of year 2.
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