Explaining and forecasting attrition in the army pharmacy technician course

Larry Fulton, William Starnes, Marc Caouette, Donna Whittaker, Lana Ivanitskaya

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The Army pharmacy technician (68Q) course trains ∼260 students per year, with a mean graduation rate of 71.3%. In support of this course, a research team conducted a study using multiple analytical methods to evaluate, to explain, and potentially to forecast failures, because the 28.7% of students who do not graduate are associated with both opportunity and real costs. Results of this study indicated that largely uncontrollable population demographic characteristics, such as rank and enrollment status, along with controllable Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery skilled technical test scores, were related to graduation rates. The results of this study may be used to assist individuals at risk of failure or to establish additional admission criteria to increase the likelihood of success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1224
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008


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