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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
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Michelle M. Madison. 1998. Factors that Influence Minority Students to Choose Physical Therapy as a Profession. Master's thesis. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, College of Health Care Sciences - Physical Therapy Department. (133)
Purpose: To identify the factors that will lead minority high school students to chose careers in physical therapy, and to compare these factors with non-minority students' influencing factors.
Method: Three hundred Broward county public high school students were surveyed using a self generated descriptive questionnaire, designed to determine the factors that influence minority students to choose physical therapy as a career, and to identify any different factors from non-minority students.
Results: Two tailed t-tests revealed a significant relationship between minority female students rating their mother's influence higher than non-minority females. They were also used to find that minority students rated salary significantly higher than non-minority students. ANOVAs revealed that minorities rated the popularity and a convenience of location for their future career choice significantly higher than non-minorities. Pearson Product Moment Correlation revealed the more familiar a student is which physical therapy, the greater the chance for them to choose physical therapy as a career.
Conclusion: Minority and non-minority students have different influencing factors when choosing a career. As a result of these findings, it would be beneficial for physical therapy educators to go to the schools, and to the parents to educate and inform them about physical therapy.