The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2001 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

CORRELATIONALSTUDY OF PREDICTOR VARIABLES FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION IN THE RESPIRATORY CAREPROGRAM AT LABETTE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Douglas S. Gardenhire, M.S.,R.R.T., Labette Community College, Parsons, Kansas

Background: Thepurpose of this study was to explore whether correlations exist between multiplevariables and student scores on the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET)in the Respiratory Care Program.

Methods: Thestudy performed is an ex post facto study using existing data from student filesof the Respiratory Care Program at Labette Community College. Data was collectedfrom 42 students that were accepted into the Respiratory Care Program at LabetteCommunity College between the years of 1994 and 1996. The criteria for individualsto be included were that they were a high school graduates, they had taken theHOBET, and they had been accepted into the program. Students successfully completingthe program sit for the national certification test offered by the NationalBoard of Respiratory Care (NBRC). The scores from this test were also used inthe study. All statistical analyses were run using the SPSS statistical software.Pearson-Product moment and Eta correlation coefficients are described by usingDavis conventions. Descriptive statistics were calculated for each variable.

Results: A totalof 42 student records were used to determine gender, age, high school gradepoint average, program completion, national certification test, HOBET math,reading, and composite scores. Descriptive data indicated that more than three-fourthsof the students in the study were female. Students in the program had an averageage of 25.36 + 7.37 years, an average high school GPA of 2.92 +0.58, an average percentage of HOBET math of 64.95 + 7.85, average percentageof HOBET reading of 54.64 + 2.97, and an average percent of HOBET compositeof 59.26 + 11.99. More than three-fourths of students completed the program.Those completing the program had an average score of 77.69 + 7.29 onthe national certification test. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficientsshowed statistical significance between the total high school GPA and all HOBETpercentages (Math r=.40, p<.01, Reading r=.41, p<.01, Composite r=.55,p<.01). HOBET reading percentage and composite percentage had a correlationwith the national certification test (Reading r=.30, Composite r=.30), althoughnot significant at the p<.01 level. Eta correlations showed a very strongassociation between total high school GPA, HOBET math, and composite percentageto program completion (GPA r(eta)=.97, Math r(eta)=.86, Composite r(eta)=.83).A substantial association was found between age and HOBET reading percentageto program completion (r(eta)=.64).

Conclusion: Theresults indicate that the HOBET should be used to assess student?s acceptanceand success in the program. High school GPA is valuable in evaluating student?sacceptance and success in the program.

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