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Completion of pre-pharmacy requirements at community colleges (CC): what is the association with PharmD GPA?

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BACKGROUND: Barron’s Profiles ranks the competitiveness of undergraduate (UG) institutions; however, community colleges (CC) are not included. Previously, we found that UG-GPA and PCAT were associated with PharmD GPA (COP-GPA) in each didactic year (P1-P3); however, only UG-GPA and UG ranking were associated for P4. Since some applicants complete pre-pharmacy requirements at CC, we evaluated UG ranking and CC attendance as a predictor of performance in a PharmD program.
METHODS: We evaluated relationships between UG ranking and GPAs of 2003-06 PharmD graduates. UG institutions at which these graduates completed pre-pharmacy courses were categorized and ranked as follows: most competitive (MC=5), highly competitive (HC=4), very competitive (VC=3), competitive (C=2), less competitive (LC=1) and community college (CC=0). Relationships between UG-GPA, PCAT, UG ranking and PharmD GPA were assessed by univariate and multivariate regression. RESULTS: Records were available for 191 students (MC=2, HC=79, VC=33, C=43, LC=10, CC=24) from 67 institutions. Mean P4 GPAs were: MC=3.6, HC=3.4, VC=3.2, C=3.3, LC=2.7, CC=3.1). By univariate analysis, UG-GPA(p<0.0001), PCAT (p<0.0001) and UG ranking (p=0.0003-0.0069) were associated with GPA in each year (P1-P4). R2 values for P1-P3 were consistent for UG-GPA (0.328-0.355), PCAT (0.248-0.285) and UG ranking (0.038-0,047), but lower for UG-GPA (0.016) and PCAT (0.126) and higher for UG ranking (0.069) for P4. Multivariate analysis found only UG-GPA and PCAT significant for P1-P3 GPA. In P4, UG ranking and CC attendance were also significant.
CONCLUSIONS: When UG-GPA and PCAT are used, UG ranking and CC attendance was associated with PharmD GPA only in the P4 year.
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Hall, Philip. and White, Roger. "Completion of pre-pharmacy requirements at community colleges (CC): what is the association with PharmD GPA?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Jul 14, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p196181_index.html>

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Hall, P. D. and White, R. L. , 2007-07-14 "Completion of pre-pharmacy requirements at community colleges (CC): what is the association with PharmD GPA?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p196181_index.html

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Abstract: BACKGROUND: Barron’s Profiles ranks the competitiveness of undergraduate (UG) institutions; however, community colleges (CC) are not included. Previously, we found that UG-GPA and PCAT were associated with PharmD GPA (COP-GPA) in each didactic year (P1-P3); however, only UG-GPA and UG ranking were associated for P4. Since some applicants complete pre-pharmacy requirements at CC, we evaluated UG ranking and CC attendance as a predictor of performance in a PharmD program.
METHODS: We evaluated relationships between UG ranking and GPAs of 2003-06 PharmD graduates. UG institutions at which these graduates completed pre-pharmacy courses were categorized and ranked as follows: most competitive (MC=5), highly competitive (HC=4), very competitive (VC=3), competitive (C=2), less competitive (LC=1) and community college (CC=0). Relationships between UG-GPA, PCAT, UG ranking and PharmD GPA were assessed by univariate and multivariate regression. RESULTS: Records were available for 191 students (MC=2, HC=79, VC=33, C=43, LC=10, CC=24) from 67 institutions. Mean P4 GPAs were: MC=3.6, HC=3.4, VC=3.2, C=3.3, LC=2.7, CC=3.1). By univariate analysis, UG-GPA(p<0.0001), PCAT (p<0.0001) and UG ranking (p=0.0003-0.0069) were associated with GPA in each year (P1-P4). R2 values for P1-P3 were consistent for UG-GPA (0.328-0.355), PCAT (0.248-0.285) and UG ranking (0.038-0,047), but lower for UG-GPA (0.016) and PCAT (0.126) and higher for UG ranking (0.069) for P4. Multivariate analysis found only UG-GPA and PCAT significant for P1-P3 GPA. In P4, UG ranking and CC attendance were also significant.
CONCLUSIONS: When UG-GPA and PCAT are used, UG ranking and CC attendance was associated with PharmD GPA only in the P4 year.

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