Predictors of Academic Success for Students at the Michigan College of Optometry

Robert S. Buckingham, OD, PhD
Sara R. Bush, OD

Abstract

Optometry school admission committees must choose students based on their predictions of the applicants’ success. This study evaluates the predictive value of the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) variables. Each undergraduate course taken by students entering the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University was categorized according to the OptomCAS variables. Linear regression analysis found that the Optometry Admission Test academic average and reading comprehension as well as other undergraduate GPAs are the best predictors for academic success. No academic variables could predict graduation. This study provides optometry admission committees additional tools for improving their selection process.

Key Words: optometric education, graduation, academic achievement

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