Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Type: Journal article
Title: Predicting high achievers in the University of Adelaide, Australia, Bachelor of Oral Health program, 2002-09
Author: Gardner, S.
Roberts-Thomson, K.
Citation: Journal of Dental Education, 2012; 76(12):1646-1656
Publisher: American Association of Dental Schools
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0022-0337
Statement of
Suzanne P. Gardner, Kaye F. Roberts-Thomson
Abstract: The Bachelor of Oral Health (B.O.H.) commenced at the University of Adelaide in 2002. The degree was formed by combining the Diploma in Dental Therapy and the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Dental Hygiene. This preliminary study measured the predictive value of the selection criteria against students' academic performance at the end of each enrollment year of the B.O.H. program. Predictive indicators were prior academic achievement (i.e., tertiary entrance ranking [TER], university grade point average, or Special Tertiary Admissions Test scores) and the admission cognitive test score (i.e., Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test [UMAT] and Oral Assessment [OA] ranking). Predictive indicators were compared with the students' level of academic achievement across the three-year program. The aim of this study was to determine if prior academic achievement, cognitive test scores, and oral assessment predicted high level of academic achievement for B.O.H. students. The TER was found to be a strong predictor for academic performance after controlling for age, gender, type of applicant, and student preference in the first year along with older students (>25 years) and a higher UMAT score. Raising the TER cut-off for entry to the program should be considered, along with less emphasis on the OA and UMAT, because such a change would have little impact on achievement and would increase the pool of applicants.
Keywords: dental school admissions
Bachelor of Oral Health
allied dental students
Rights: Copyright status unknown
Appears in Collections:Aurora harvest
Dentistry publications

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.