Selection of occupational therapy students

E. A. Blaisdell, Elizabethtown College
D. Gordon, Elizabethtown College


A research study on the selection of students for entrance into the basic professional four-year occupational therapy curriculum at Elizabethtown College is presented in this paper. The study has two primary objectives: the determination of factors that could serve to discriminate between prospective students who would remain in the program from those who would withdraw; and the development of a mathematical model that could be used in future years for student selection to the occupational therapy program. It is suggested that the model can be applied to any educational setting, can effectively streamline the usual admissions process, and can ensure that qualified students enter occupational therapy programs and thus be an additional indicator for the success and continuation of the profession.