Department of Physical Therapy Student Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

Document Type

Thesis - NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Copyright Statement

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Department

College of Health Care Sciences - Physical Therapy Department

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1998

Publisher

Nova Southeastern University

Abstract

Purpose: To look at how the social contact theory can be applied to pre-admission experience in determining how the quality of the students' experiences have an affect on their PT education.

Subjects: Graduating students from two physical therapy programs in Florida.

Method: A self-generated questionnaire designed to measure the quality and quantity of physical therapy students' pre-admission experience and the benefits of the experiences.

Results: The results of frequency distributions showed that on average 49% of the subjects refer to their pre-admission experience all the time or often in order to: understand a concept, visualize a patient's injuries, visualize a patient's presentation of an illness, understand insurance and billing, and learn a skill. Chi Square analysis resulted in significant relationships between the amount of time spent performing or assisting patient treatment and four out of five level of agreement statements on overall view of the profession and all statements on frequency of referring to pre-admission experience. Significant relationships were also found between amount of time spent interacting with patients and one level of agreement statement and two statements on frequency of referring to pre-admission experience. Significant relationships were also found between amount of time spent interacting with patients and one level of agreement statement and two statements on frequency of referring to pre-admission experience.

Conclusions: If more time is spent treating or assisting patient treatment during pre-admission experience then, the experience will have more influence on the student's views of the profession and their learning experience during their PT education.

Disciplines

Physical Therapy

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