A comparison in academic performance between distance and on-campus students in allied healthcare education.

Barbara Landis Russell, Abebayehu Tekleselassie, Diane Turnbull, Linda Arthur, James Burnham

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The primary purpose of this study was to examine the differences in background characteristics and academic performance of students in distance learning and on-campus programs in allied healthcare education at one medical university in the Eastern United States. The study depended on data from 252 students, drawn from three disciplines, clinical laboratory science, health information administration, and nuclear medicine. The study employed the chi-square test and t-test for analyzing the data. The study's findings suggested no significant differences in terms of the background characteristics of gender and previous academic performance between distance and on-campus students. However, the two groups of students differed significantly in terms of their age composition such that, as expected, distance learning students comprised the majority of older students (25 years and older) relative to their on campus counterparts. The study further showed that, when assessed in terms of their final grade point averages as well as certification pass rates, distance and on campus students were indistinguishable from each other. Similar results were found when final GPA scores within the three separate disciplines were compared and in certification scores in two out of the three disciplines. However, the certification scores of nuclear medicine technology students were found to be significantly different between the two groups, in which on-campus students earned a significantly higher score than their counterparts in the distance learning program. Administrators and educators who are considering offering distance learning as a method of degree obtainment in allied healthcare education need data, such as reported in this study, when determining if distance learning can be as effective as on-campus learning in allied healthcare education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Volume37
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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Distance Education
Students
Delivery of Health Care
Education
Certification
Nuclear Medicine
Medical Laboratory Science
Chi-Square Distribution
Administrative Personnel
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Technology
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A comparison in academic performance between distance and on-campus students in allied healthcare education. / Russell, Barbara Landis; Tekleselassie, Abebayehu; Turnbull, Diane; Arthur, Linda; Burnham, James.

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Russell, Barbara Landis ; Tekleselassie, Abebayehu ; Turnbull, Diane ; Arthur, Linda ; Burnham, James. / A comparison in academic performance between distance and on-campus students in allied healthcare education. In: Journal of Allied Health. 2008 ; Vol. 37, No. 1.
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