certification exam, curricular design, occupational therapy, pass rates, student outcomes
The AOTA and ACOTE have discussed a transition to a mandated entry-level clinical doctorate degree (Harvison, 2013). Following the move to the entry-level master’s degree in 2007, the overall national pass rate on the national certification examination fell from 88% in 2006 to 77% by 2009 (Harvison, 2011; Harvison, 2012). This study sought to determine if the number of graduate credits offered or the class size of an entry-level master’s program impacts student outcomes on the national certification examination. Publicly available data was mined from all accredited entry-level master’s programs. Data were imported into the SPSS for statistical analysis. The results indicated no significant relationship between the number of graduate credits offered and pass rates (p = 0.919) or between average class size and pass rates (p = 0.640). Further study is warranted to determine if there are any curricular characteristics that can be used to predict student performance on the national certification examination.
Truskowski, Scott, "Exploring the Relationship Between Entry-Level Masters Program Class Size and Number of Graduate Credits Offered and Aggregate NBCOT Pass Rates" (2016). Funded Articles. 70.