Putting objectivity in the allied health student selection process.J Allied Health. 1981 Nov; 10(4):226-39.JA
The allied health student selection process in often not as well organized as those found in the other health professions. This may be an outcome of the newness of some of the allied health disciplines. Allied health educators must assure the potential applicant, the consumer, and governmental agencies that their admissions process is rational, fair, and humane. This paper describes four major types of decisions which can help ensure that these qualities are present. The steps include: (a) refining the criteria by which applicants are to be evaluated, (b) identifying information sources whose data can be quantified, (c) transforming these data into measurable form, and, (d) conducting evaluation of admissions criteria. Practical suggestions are offered at each step to help the allied health educator put quality control into the student selection process.