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Effects of admission standards on Bakersfield College Paramedic School attrition rates

This study presents both a descriptive and statistical analysis of the relationship between paramedic school admission standards and student attrition rates. The results of this study will be used by the Bakersfield College paramedic school to implement changes to their current admission requirements in an attempt to reduce student attrition. Data was collected from 18 of the 28 accredited paramedic schools in the state of California. A descriptive analysis of the data revealed that paramedic programs with strict admission standards had significantly lower student attrition rates than programs with more relaxed admission standards. Based on the findings of this study, it is recommended that Bakersfield College increase the paramedic school admission standards to include an oral interview, work experience, and successful completion of the HOBET exam.

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