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ERIC Number: ED312921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Pages: 61
Abstractor: N/A
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An Investigation into Selected Program Characteristics, Student Enrollment Patterns and Attained Certification Examination Scores in the Field of Cytotechnology.
Paquette, Carol A. Gervais
A study determining the relationship between selected program characteristics, student enrollment patterns, and scores attained on the national certification examination in the field of cytotechnology is presented. Information is included on the type of program, teaching and testing methods employed, the difference between students entering the cytotechnology training area with an associate degree and a bachelors degree, and how these factors affect the outcome of the student registry scores. Research questions included: the relationship between student program level and registry scores attained; the overview of the program characteristics of the cytotechnology programs nationwide; and the perceived employment outlook for the graduating cytotechnology student. Study subjects were the education coordinators of the 47 cytotechnology programs (only 39 of which are presently active) in the United States who completed a questionnaire with items of both closed and open form. Items addressed student enrollment patterns, demography, placement rate of students in the work force, and student performance on the August 1987 certification examination. Some of the results are as follows: bachelors degree students performed no better on the national certification examination than did the associate degree students; the schools have a variety in the number of individuals involved in student instruction; schools reported receiving requests for cytotechnologists an average of 2,700 miles from their program; and there is a critical shortage of trained, certified cytotechnologists. A copy of the education survey is appended. Contains 11 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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