Factors Influencing a Student's Choice of a Graduate Professional Athletic Training Program
Athletic Training Education Journal
As the professional degree in athletic training transitions to the master's level, a growing concern for programs is enrollment. Understanding the factors that influence a student's choice of a graduate program in athletic training will provide institutions with vital information for marketing and enrollment management.
To explore factors that influence a student's choice of a professional graduate athletic training program.
Patients or Other Participants
A total of 52 participants from a convenience sample of 140 graduate students enrolled in a graduate professional athletic training program completed the survey: 43 females (82.7%) and 9 males (17.3%).
Data Collection and Analysis
Data collection took place over 4 weeks between April and May 2019. Participants completed an online questionnaire that consisted of 11 demographic items, 6 Likert-scale items about factors that may have influenced school choice, and 2 open-ended questions about career goals and pursuing a doctoral degree. We calculated descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, and percentages.
Factors ranked as very important in influencing a student's choice fell within the categories of athletic training program and athletic training program faculty. Those ranked as not important were related to ethnicity and gender. Additionally, over half of the participants indicated an intended career path within the college or professional setting.
Although a variety of factors can influence a student's choice of graduate school, today's consumer seems mostly interested in program factors such as Board of Certification pass rate, accreditation status, and clinical sites. As programs transition to the graduate level, marketing and recruitment strategies should be designed around these factors to ensure enrollment.
Original Publication Citation
Dearie, A., Van Langen, D., Cavallario, J. M., & Comins, S. A. (2020). Factors influencing a student's choice of a graduate professional athletic training program. Athletic Training Education Journal, 15(3), 177-185. https://doi.org/10.4085/150119115
Dearie, Alyson; Van Langen, Deborah; Cavallario, Julie M.; and Comins, Sonya A., "Factors Influencing a Student's Choice of a Graduate Professional Athletic Training Program" (2020). Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty Publications. 80.