Committee Chair

Crawford, Elizabeth

Committee Member

Wilkerson, Gary B.; Dale, R. Barry; Harris, Martina; Rausch, David

Department

Dept. of Education

College

College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

The purposes of this study were: • to develop a prediction model to identify factors associated with eligibility and first-attempt success on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for students enrolled in a professional (entry-level) graduate athletic training program (GATP) • to identify applicant characteristics that are most likely to predict both academic success in the GATP and success on the BOC exam. A cohort of 119 students was used for both purposes. Multiple analyses yielded three-factor and two-factor models for prediction of passing the BOC exam. The three-factor model demonstrates that a student with ≥ 2 predictors had an odds ratio (OR) of 6.31 and a relative frequency of success (RFS) 1.66 for passing the BOC exam and correctly predicted 87.7% of first-attempt success on the BOC exam. The two-factor model demonstrates a student with ≥1 predictor had an OR of 10.69 and an RFS 2.05 for passing the BOC exam and correctly predicted 89.2% of first-attempt success on the BOC exam. Multiple analyses yielded two three-factor models for prediction of success in the GATP. The initial three-factor model demonstrates that a student with ≥2 predictors had an OR of 17.94 and a RFS of 2.13 for students being successful in the GATP, and correctly predicted 90.5% of GATP success. The alternative three-factor model found a student with ≥2 predictors had an OR of 20.94 and an RFS 1.98 for students being successful in the GATP, and correctly predicted 93.9% of GATP success. Within the past year, changes in athletic training education have been implemented and more are expected in the future, specifically whether or not a graduate professional (entry-level) athletic training degree will be required to sit for the BOC exam. Since there is a greater emphasis on first-time BOC exam pass rates, and more programs convert to graduate level curricula, the results of this study may assist GATPs to identify students who are likely to be successful in the graduate program and to pass the BOC exam on the first-attempt.

Degree

Ed. D.; A dissertation submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Education.

Date

5-2014

Subject

Physical education and training -- Certification; Athletic trainers -- Training of; Sport medicine; Physical education and training -- Study and teaching (Graduate); Prediction of scholastic success

Keyword

Predictive modeling; Academic success; BOC exam; Odds ratio; Athletic training; Academic program admissions

Discipline

Education | Sports Sciences

Document Type

Doctoral dissertations

Extent

xxviii, 267 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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