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ERIC Number: ED545678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 107
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-7916-7
Predictors of Success on Professional Credentialing Examinations of Athletic Training Undergraduates
Esparza, Shandra Dawn
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Compared to other allied health programs, graduates of athletic training (AT) programs have lower pass rates on their national credentialing examination (48%). In 2013, the new Standards for Entry Level AT Programs from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) will require AT education programs to be accountable for each students' pass rate on the Board of Certification Examination (BOC). the purpose of this five year retrospective, non-experimental study of 61 archival AT student records was to investigate the relationship between preadmission factors and success on the BOC and state athletic training licensure examinations. The research questions examined the relationship between grade point average (GPA), race, gender, college readiness, course grades in anatomy and physiology I and II, and exam success. Data from 3 CAATE accredited programs were used in the study. The results of the Pearson correlation indicated a strong relationship between admission GPA and success on both examinations Success was also related to anatomy and physiology I course grades, presence of a remedial course, and race. A linear regression of all significant variables in each exam category revealed GPA as the only significant predictor when combined with the other significant variables identified in the Pearson. Therefore, a student's academic performance is the strongest predictor of success on either examination. Study results help establish which students are at risk and who may need to be remediated to increase success on the examinations. Implications for positive social change include reducing time to graduation which results in saving time and money for students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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