Date of Award

Spring 1984

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Pamela P. Brangan

Committee Member

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

James Luton

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46B74


The purpose of this study was to investigate the criteria used to select dental hygiene students and to determine the ability of these criteria to predict students' successful completion of a dental hygiene program. One hundred sixteen graduates of the certificate level dental hygiene program at Old Dominion University between 1971- 1981, inclusive, comprised the sample. The majority of the subjects were Caucasian females, ages 20 to 24. The admissions criteria examined were (1) Dental Hygiene Aptitude Test scores, (2) Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, (3) preadmission quality point average, (4) college chemistry quality point average, and (S) percentile rank in high school graduating class. Dental hygiene quality point average, National Board Dental Hygiene Examination scores, and clinical quality point averages were used to measure successful completion of the dental hygiene program. Data were analyzed using multiple regression and correlational techniques at the 0.05 level of significance. Results of the study indicated that (1) preadmission quality point average was the best predictor of dental hygiene quality point average, (2) preadmission quality point average and Scholastic Aptitude Test-Verbal scores were useful predictors of National Board Dental Hygiene Examination scores, and (3) the admissions criteria used at Old Dominion University's Department of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting does not predict clinical performance.


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