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ERIC Number: ED416205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Pages: 80
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Evaluation of the Performance Criteria Ratings of New Graduates of Nova Southeastern University Physical Therapy Program.
Musolino, Gina M.
The purpose of this practicum was to evaluate whether graduates in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) (Florida) meet accreditation criteria and to compare student and clinical instructor evaluations. This was the first year in which the new Physical Therapy program had graduates who could be evaluated, and outcome measures were part of the requirements for accreditation of the program. The evaluation reported in the practicum considered discrepancies between the ideal performance criteria and the actual performance criteria for curriculum review. Following a literature review and review of accreditation requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), data were collected from new graduates and their faculty using a rating scale developed by the American Physical Therapy Association for physical therapy program outcomes. Fifty-eight graduates and 48 clinical instructors responded. Findings indicate that NSU physical therapy graduates are meeting the evaluative criteria for accreditation of education programs for the preparation of physical therapists as determined by a rating of 7.0 or above on the CAPTE criteria instrument. Program graduates' evaluation assessments did not agree in entirety with clinical instructors' evaluations of new program graduates, in that the evaluation assessments of new graduates were rated higher on the continuum than instructors' assessments. Recommendations are made for study of evaluation results and continued development of the evaluation process. Five appendixes contain NSU mission statements for the physical therapy program, the CAPTE performance requirements, a report from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the CAPTE instrument, and a list of CAPTE committee members. (Contains 18 tables and 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Language: English
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