Professional programs in higher education were developed and modified to meet changing professional practice requirements, however, some suggest (Selingo, 2000) that more advanced degrees are symptomatic of mission creep in institutions that offer degrees beyond their Carnegie Classification capacity. In 1993, the physical therapy profession advanced the entry-level physical therapy degree to the Doctor of Physical (DPT). Although there has been a strong interest in educational outcomes with the advancement to the DPT, there has been little exploration of physical therapy education outcomes in relation to changes in the degree level from the bachelor's to the master's to the doctoral degree. The primary objective of this study was to investigate graduate physical therapy students first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) in relation to institutional and program variables related to professional physical therapy education. The primary research question examined the relationship between master's and DPT physical therapy graduates first-time pass rate performance. The data set consisted of accredited physical therapy programs (n=191) first-time institutional NPTE pass rate and institutional and program variables such as; type of institution, program duration, degree type, admissions GPA, prerequisite coursework, Carnegie Classification, and geographic location. This study suggests that there is no difference in institutional first-time pass rate on the NPTE between master's and DPT graduates, The results of the study identified significant (p... University Mount St. Marya#39;s College Samuel Merritt College University of California-San Francisco University of Southern California University of Pacific Western University of Health Sciences Regis University University of Colorado Healthanbsp;...
|Title||:||Doctoral Education in Physical Therapy: Degree Creep Or Professional Advancement to Address Market Demands?|
|Author||:||Lisa Lynn Dorsey|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2006|