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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine whether a physical therapy student’s level of grit positively correlates to graduate school grade point average. Methods: Participants were a convenience sample recruited from the class of 2021 in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, Arizona. Subjects completed the Short Grit Scale (Grit-S) as a measure of grit. These scores were compared with participants’ graduate school grade point average using a Spearman Rho statistical test with data analysis completed using SPSS software. Results: 27 participants (15 males, 12 females) with mean grit score of 3.76 ± 0.48 and mean grade point average 3.72 ± 0.18. Spearman Rho correlation was .463 (p < .05). Conclusion: A significant moderate positive correlation between grit and graduate school grade point average in physical therapy students was found. These findings indicate preliminary evidence that may be useful for admissions considerations for DPT programs.

Author Bio(s)

Scott Richardson, PT, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce University located in Goodyear Arizona. He has received the Advanced Competency in Home Health Care from the American Physical Therapy Association.

MayAnne Belcina, Richa Patel, Michael Scotto and Kevin Wiener are all Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Franklin Pierce University located in Goodyear Arizona.

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