Academic and Physical Therapy Licensure Exam Performance: An Evaluation

Kimwell S. Anague1 and Ruth D. Fernandez2
1 Faculty, School of Natural Sciences
University of Baguio, Baguio City Philippines
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5172-5066
Email: ksanague@e.ubaguio.edu
1 Faculty, School of Natural Sciences
University of Baguio, Baguio City Philippines
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4331-7801

ABSTRACT

A measure of success of curriculum implementation is best manifested in a graduate’s academic performance.  The study evaluated the level of academic performance of BSPT students and their P.T. licensure examination performance.  It determined the relationship of academic and P.T. licensure performances in the lecture and laboratory components.  This study aimed to improve the BSPT program and achieve 100% first-time passers of the Physical Therapy Licensure examination.  This is a quantitative descriptive study that utilized the ex-post facto design.  It included academic records of all UB BSPT graduates who have taken the Philippine Physical Therapy Licensure Examinations from August 2015 to August 2019.  Total enumeration was used. Academic performance reflected in the tentative final grade of the class records in each subject area was analyzed against the subject areas of respective P.T. licensure exams.  Results showed that BSPT students have a fair academic performance with APK lecture and M.S. laboratory and average academic performance with the other components. There are strong and significant relationships between the academic performance of BSPT students in the Lecture and Laboratory components of the BSPT professional subjects. There are significant differences in the P.T. licensure performance in APK and P.T. App components among the batches of BSPT graduates.  Academic performance significantly predicts performance in the P.T. licensure exams regardless of academic subject clusters in APK, MS, and P.T. App.  Academic performance, especially in the lecture aspect, is a significant predictor in passing the Physical Therapy licensure exams.  The UB BSPT students place preference on experiential learning approaches and perform better in laboratory components.  Recommendations include providing balanced learning experiences for both theoretical and practical components of BSPT courses, reviewing the grading system, and strict implementation of the school’s retention policy.

Keywords: Academic performance, Physical Therapy, Licensure Exam Performance, BSPT graduates, University of Baguio