Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Jane Toot

Second Advisor

W. Bell

Third Advisor

J. Strong


The purpose of this study was to determine the level of knowledge of Kent County high school students regarding physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing. A survey created by the investigators asked specific questions concerning these professions. The survey was administered to 545 eleventh and twelfth grade students. The scores were compared to demographic data and school characteristics (i.e. urban, suburban, rural, public or private). The researchers' hypotheses were that students would have a low level of knowledge concerning all these professions, and that students would be more familiar with nursing compared to physical therapy or occupational therapy. These hypotheses were supported by the data. The researchers also hypothesized that students attending private schools would be more familiar with these professions than those attending public schools, and that students attending rural schools would be less familiar than the students attending urban or suburban schools. These hypotheses were not supported.


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