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ERIC Number: ED348121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep-6
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1990 Dental Hygiene Graduates. Volume XX, No. 1.
Holt, Marianne; Lucas, John A.
In a continuing effort to measure the quality of their Dental Hygiene program, explore the need for changes, and substantiate the program's goals for accreditation standards, a follow-up study was conducted of the 1990 Dental Hygiene program graduates from William Rainey Harper (WRHC) College in Palatine, Illinois. A survey was mailed to all 30 associate degree graduates, requesting information on their current employment and/or enrollment in school, employment search experience, salary/benefits, job satisfaction, job tasks, the quality of their WRHC preparation for those tasks, and suggestions for improving the WRHC program. Study findings, based on a 93% response rate, included the following: (1) all of the 28 respondents were employed in the dental hygiene field, with 21 working full-time; (2) 38% of the respondents were working in a job setting with only 1 practitioner, 55% with more than 1 practitioner, and 2 graduates were working in clinic settings; (3) respondents' search for employment typically involved 3 interviews, with 21% using the local newspaper and 54% using a personal contact; (4) 68% of the graduates were paid on an hourly basis, with a median wage of $17.50 per hour, or approximately $36,400 per year, up 7.5% from 1989 graduates; (5) 68% of the respondents were very satisfied with their chosen profession; (6) respondents reported being underprepared to perform 6 of the 41 skills for which they were trained; (7) 6 respondents indicated that they needed more periodontal experience; and (8) while only 4 graduates were currently working toward an advanced degree, two-thirds intended to do so. Detailed data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.