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J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2018; 15: 34.
Published online December 28, 2018.
Personality-oriented job analysis to identify non-cognitive factors predictive of performance in a doctor of physical therapy program in the United States
Maureen Conard1  , Kristin Schweizer2 
1Department of Psychology, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, USA
2Department of Physical Therapy, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, USA
Correspondence  Maureen Conard ,Email:
Editor:  Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea
Submitted: December 20, 2018  Accepted after revision: December 28, 2018
This study aimed to conduct a personality-oriented job analysis to identify non-cognitive factors that may predict successful performance or performance difficulties in doctor of physical therapy (DPT) students. The study employed focus groups and a survey with 9 DPT subject matter experts. The focus group participants, who included 3 DPT faculty members and 4 recent graduates of the DPT program, identified 22 non-cognitive factors. Fifteen of these factors were thought to be possibly associated with successful performance and 7 factors were thought to be possibly associated with performance difficulties. Administration of a questionnaire employing the combination job analysis method resulted in 12 factors that could be used in selection, and 10 that could be incorporated into training. The present study employed an established job analysis method using subject matter experts to identify a broad array of factors that go beyond what previous studies have examined, and which may predict success or difficulties in a DPT program.
Keywords: Personality; Non-cognitive factors; Doctorate of physical therapy students; Surveys and questionnaires; United States

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