To what extent do students attribute their passing rate on the national licensure examination to the Scorebuilders and PEAT (Practice Exam and Assessment Tool) licensure preparation courses?

Purpose: While most PT and PTA Programs feel there is value in taking licensure examination prep courses, little data exists showing a relationship between prep course completion and successful outcome on the licensing exam. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College currently offers optional participation in licensure exam prep courses and is questioning mandating participation in licensure exam preparation courses as part of the PTA program.Methods/Description: This quantitative study attempted to capture the student perspective of the value of two test preparation programs. Graduates of the program from the past 5 years received a one-time survey asking to what extent they attributed their passing rate on the licensure examination to the Scorebuilders and PEAT licensure preparation courses.Results/Outcomes: There were 37 respondents in all. Thirty four of those took the Scorebuilders course and recommended students take it, although two said it wasn’t worth the cost. Twenty six respondents took the PEAT course and recommended students take it. Each of those respondents felt the PEAT was worth the cost. Respondents were asked to rate on a scale of 1-10 (one being minimal contribution and 10 being maximal contribution to success) the extent to which they attributed their passing score on the licensing exam to taking the Scorebuilders course, the result of which was a mean score of 7.15. When asked to do this for the PEAT Exam, the mean score was 7.12. Of those that responded, 22 said the PEAT course was worth making a mandatory component of the program thus increasing the student fees, while 3 said it wasn’t. Thirty said the Scorebuiders course was worth making it a mandatory component thus increasing fees, while 4 said it wasn’t. The Anoka-Ramsey PTA Program will use the information to make an informed decision regarding making the prep courses mandatory for students.Conclusions/Relevance to the conference theme: Our Leadership Landscape: Perspectives from the Ground Level to 30,000 Feet: This research was done to try and get the student perspective regarding program policy. Our program team could easily have made the decision to incorporate these courses into our curriculum as a way to maximize our pass rates but we didn't want to make a decision without student input when that decision potentially had a significant financial impact on them. Student input is essential to program success but also essential to their success as well that of future students. This research will have an impact on program resilience and student success.References: Riddle, D., Utzman, R., Jewell, D., Pearson, S., & Kong, X. (Nov. 2009). Academic Difficulty and Program- Level Variables Predict Performance on the National Physical Therapy Examination for Licensure: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Desmarais, L., Woble-Valenski, M., & Oestmann, E. (Spring, 2011). Factors Influencing Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Examination Success. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Bailey Gresham, B., Thompson, M., Luedtke-Hoffmann, K., & Tietze, M. (2015). Institutional and Program Factors Predict Physical Therapist Assistant Program Graduation Rate and Licensure Examination Pass Rate. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Crawley, R., Greene, R., Brown-White, P., Simpson, S., & Karavatas, S. (Fall, 2015). The Relationship between Study Preparation and First Attempt Pass Rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination. Nashville, TN : Tennessee State University, College of Health Sciences.

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  • Control #: 2996554
  • Type: Poster Presentation - Research Type
  • Event/Year: ELC 2018
  • Authors: Catherine (Penny is preferred) Rivard-Sherman
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