Undergraduate grade-point average is not a determinant of student’s future performance in a postgraduate entry-level physiotherapy program

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Aim: Australian postgraduate entry-level physiotherapy programs commonly use undergraduate gradepoint average (UGPA) to select students for admission. The aim of this study was to determine if students’ UGPA is related to the future clinical and academic performance of postgraduate entry-level physiotherapy
Design: A retrospective cohort study.
Method: Student data from four consecutive cohorts (2010-2013) of an Australian postgraduate entry-level physiotherapy program (n = 123) informed this study. Data including UGPA, pre-clinical coursework marks and clinical performance scores as measured by the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice were retrieved. Normality tests, descriptive analysis and correlations between UGPA, and mean pre-clinical coursework marks and clinical performance scores were calculated. Participants were then grouped according to UGPA and a one-way ANOVA was performed to determine differences in clinical or coursework performance between groups.
Results: Data from 121 students were analysed. No significant relationships were identified between students’ UGPA and mean pre-clinical coursework or clinical performance scores. When students were classified by UGPA there were no significant differences in performance between groups.
Conclusion: UGPA was not a determinant of students’ future performance in a postgraduate physiotherapy program.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2019
EventTRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 17 Oct 201919 Oct 2019


ConferenceTRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference
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