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Themes in student attrition.
Clin Lab Sci. 1997 Mar-Apr; 10(2):75-82.CL

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To characterize similarities and differences in attrition in clinical laboratory science and clinical laboratory technician education programs by identifying general themes, specific academic and nonacademic reasons, and other relevant data.

DESIGN

Mailed, written survey.

PARTICIPANTS

Program directors of 208 clinical laboratory science and clinical laboratory technician educational programs.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE

Responses to a 36-item forced-choice survey eliciting information about program attrition and the importance of reasons for student attrition.

DATA SOURCES

Clinical laboratory science and clinical laboratory technician program directors across the United States.

RESULTS

Students were found to withdraw from educational programs for both voluntary and nonvoluntary reasons in approximately equal numbers. Academic underpreparedness was a predominant general theme underlying student attrition in both levels of programs. The importance of certain specific reasons cited for student attrition differed significantly by program level.

CONCLUSION

To be effective, it may be necessary to design retention programs that address academic concerns, as well as nonacademic concerns, of students. The level of educational program (clinical laboratory technician or clinical laboratory scientist) should be considered, because reasons for attrition vary in degree of importance.

ABBREVIATIONS

CLT = clinical laboratory technician; CLS = clinical laboratory scientist; CAHEA = Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation. INDEX TERMS: Clinical laboratory technician students; clinical laboratory science students; education; attrition; retention.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Medical Allied Health Professions, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27599-7145, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10166355

Citation

Laudicina, R J.. "Themes in Student Attrition." Clinical Laboratory Science : Journal of the American Society for Medical Technology, vol. 10, no. 2, 1997, pp. 75-82.
Laudicina RJ. Themes in student attrition. Clin Lab Sci. 1997;10(2):75-82.
Laudicina, R. J. (1997). Themes in student attrition. Clinical Laboratory Science : Journal of the American Society for Medical Technology, 10(2), 75-82.
Laudicina RJ. Themes in Student Attrition. Clin Lab Sci. 1997 Mar-Apr;10(2):75-82. PubMed PMID: 10166355.
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