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J Athl Train. 1995 March; 30(1): 55–56.
PMCID: PMC1317829

Prediction of Academic Achievement in an NATA-Approved Graduate Athletic Training Education Program

Douglas R. Keskula, PhD, PT, ATC
Douglas R. Keskula is Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 30912-3209
Paula G. Sammarone, EdD, ATC
Paula G. Sammarone is Assistant Professor and Department Chair for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Duquesne University.
David H. Perrin, PhD, ATC


The Purpose of this investigation was to determine which information used in the applicant selection process would best predict the final grade point average of students in a National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) graduate athletic training education program. The criterion variable used was the graduate grade-point average (GPAg) calculated at the completion of the program of study. The predictor variables included: 1) Graduate Record Examination-Quantitative (GRE-Q) scores; and 2) Graduate Record Examination-Verbal (GRE-V) scores, 3) preadmission grade point average (GPAp), 4) total athletic training hours (hours), and 5) curriculum or internship undergraduate athletic training education (program). Data from 55 graduate athletic training students during a 5-year period were evaluated. Stepwise multiple regression analysis indicated that GPAp was a significant predictor of GPAg, accounting for 34% of the variance. GRE-Q, GRE-V, hours, and program did not significantly contribute individually or in combination to the prediction of GPAg. The results of this investigation suggest that, of the variables examined, GPAp is the best predictor of academic success in an NATA-approved graduate athletic training education program.

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