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Research Article  |   May 1990
The Relationship Between Admission Criteria and Practice Preferences
Author Affiliations
  • Susan Swinehart, MS, OTR, is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Admissions, Occupational Therapy Program, CF 311, Division of Allied Health Sciences, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1140 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202–5118
  • Judy Feinberg, MS, OTR, FAOTA, is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Education and Research, Occupational Therapy Program, Division of Allied Health Sciences, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Article Information
Mental Health / Education
Research Article   |   May 1990
The Relationship Between Admission Criteria and Practice Preferences
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1990, Vol. 44, 447-452. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.5.447
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1990, Vol. 44, 447-452. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.5.447
Abstract

A continual decline in the number of occupational therapists selecting mental health as their practice area has resulted in a personnel shortage. This study aimed at examining admission criteria to one occupational therapy program and the relationship of these criteria to practice preferences at admission. The question of whether current admission criteria are biased against those applicants preferring mental health practice is pertinent if the personnel shortage in mental health is to be alleviated. An analysis of the differences in practice preferences between accepted, alternate, and rejected groups of applicants indicated that such a bias did not exist. When admission was recalculated with only grade point average instead of the current procedure of a weighted combination of grade point average and interview, it was found that the admitted class would have contained more students preferring mental health practice. Additional research is recommended to further examine admission criteria and their relationship to practice.