Date of Award

Summer 8-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Foundations & Leadership


Educational Psychology and Program Evaluation

Committee Director

Shana L. Pribesh

Committee Member

Beth E. Jamali

Committee Member

Jennifer Biggs

Committee Member

Doreen Stiskal


On November 2015, the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) published position papers for the 2016 changes to the CAPTE standards. One of these position papers discussed the changes in the 2016 standards related to the qualifications for the position of a program director (PD) for a physical therapist assistant. A specific qualification requirement was added stating “experience in educational theory and methodology, instructional design, student evaluation and outcome assessment, including the equivalent of nine academic (semester) credits of coursework in educational foundations.” The effectiveness of this additional requirement has to date not been assessed. The purpose of this study is to determine if the addition of educational foundations preparation for PTA program directors is related to a change in student outcomes and accreditation status. Additionally, this study will explore how the program directors of PTA programs feel about the educational foundations requirement and their ability to meet the standards for curricular assessment and student outcomes.


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