Selectivity of physiotherapist programs in the United States does not differ by institutional funding source or research activity level.
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PURPOSE: This study aimed to compare selectivity characteristics among institution characteristics to determine differences by institutional funding source (public vs. private) or research activity level (research vs. non-research). METHODS: This study included information provided by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Data were extracted from all students who graduated in 2011 from accredited physical therapy programs in the United States. The public and private designations of the institutions were extracted directly from the classifications from the 'CAPTE annual accreditation report,' and high and low research activity was determined based on Carnegie classifications. The institutions were classified into four groups: public/research intensive, public/non-research intensive, private/research intensive, and private/non-research intensive. Descriptive and comparison analyses with post hoc testing were performed to determine whether there were statistically significant differences among the four groups. RESULTS: Although there were statistically significant baseline grade point average differences among the four categorized groups, there were no significant differences in licensure pass rates or for any of the selectivity variables of interest. CONCLUSION: Selectivity characteristics did not differ by institutional funding source (public vs. private) or research activity level (research vs. non-research). This suggests that the concerns about reduced selectivity among physiotherapy programs, specifically the types that are experiencing the largest proliferation, appear less warranted.
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Physical Therapy Specialty
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Students, Health Occupations
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.3352/jeehp.2016.13.17
Publication InfoCook, Chad; Covington, K; Engelhard, C; Landry, MD; McCallum, C; & Riley, SP (2016). Selectivity of physiotherapist programs in the United States does not differ by institutional funding source or research activity level. J Educ Eval Health Prof, 13. pp. 17. 10.3352/jeehp.2016.13.17. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/12018.
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Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Cook is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. Dr. Cook has authored or co-authored 3 textbooks, has published over 165 peer reviewed manuscripts and lectures internationally on orthopedic examination and treatment.