Quantifying Noncognitive Traits of Learners in a Holistic Admissions Review
Section: Academy of PT Education
Session Code: ED-2A-4162
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 202AB

Speaker(s):   Lara Canham, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  Marcus Roll, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  Paul Salamh, PT, DPT, PhD

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

To better capture the full breadth of experience and capabilities of applicants applying to physical therapy education programs, admissions review processes have started moving towards more holistic evaluation. While cognitive measures such as undergraduate grade point average and standardized test results remain important in determining likelihood for academic success, identifying applicants with the noncognitive attributes needed for successful careers in physical therapy remains difficult. Noncognitive traits encompass the abilities, motivations, and personality of applicants and have an increased emphasis in a comprehensive admissions review. The speakers will discuss attempts to quantify noncognitive metrics in holistic admissions review processes, specifically reporting the challenges and collaborations of 3 separate doctor of physical therapy programs to improve processes in identifying leaners with extraordinary noncognitive skills needed to successfully join the profession and flourish in a dynamic health care environment.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Understand motivation behind movement towards holistic admissions processes.

2. Compare the admissions processes of 3 doctor of physical therapy programs and recognize certain strengths and areas to improve upon.

3. Identify a joint effort to develop a tool for assessment of noncognitive traits.

4. Discuss next steps for how this tool could be used in future admissions processes.

CEU: 0.2

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