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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Ann Williams, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Daiva Banaitis, PhD, PT


The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of the educational level of physical therapists to their professional achievements in the areas of professional" organizations, education of others, research, administration, continuing education, and salary. One hundred and sixty three master's and bachelor's degree physical therapists who graduated in 1986 or 1987 participated in the study. In overall professional achievement, no significant differences between bachelor's and master's degree physical therapists were found. However, statistically significant differences were found in the areas of research (X2=24, p=.000l) and salary (t=2.2, p=.0330), with the master's degree Physical therapists showing more willingness to conduct research, and earning higher salaries. The implications of these findings are discussed, and suggestions for future research are given.


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