Journal article

Who Should be Optometrists?

BL Cole

The Australian Journal of Optometry | Published : 1975


Selection of students into optometry courses is commonly on the basis of results at the matriculation examinations at the end of secondary schooling. These examination results are a reasonable predictor of first year examination results but they are a poor predictor of clinical performance in later years of the course. Selection on the basis of results in the first year of tertiary education is also a poor predictor of final year clinical performance. Interviews and headmaster reports are often advocated as a means of selecting students into professional courses but these methods have been shown to be of little value. Recent evidence has shown that tests of personality can help identify thos..

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