School of Education


Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)


Ellen Lowrie Black


Physical Therapy Education, Occupational Therapy Education, Learning Strategies, Study Strategies, Predictive Ability


Education | Medicine and Health Sciences


There is a nationwide shortage of health professionals and a growing demand for education programs. As physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) education programs rapidly expand to generate more candidates for the health workforce, they have increasingly adopted online instruction. The PT and OT programs can be rigorous, and it is beneficial for educators to understand how to best support academic outcomes in an online environment. Students may adhere to specific learning and study strategies to ensure success. Prior work indicates Anxiety, Attitude, Concentration, Time Management, Motivation, and Self-regulation strategies are significantly related to academic outcomes (Crede & Kuncel, 2008; Khalil et al., 2018b, 2019; Zhou et al., 2016). However, these relationships have yet to be fully explored in PT and OT education. A predictive correlational study examined the ability of the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) to accurately predict cumulative professional grade point average (cpGPA) in PT and OT students in an online curriculum. Convenience sampling consisted of 149 student participants. Multiple regression analyses were run and the researcher found no significant predictive relationships for any of the LASSI scales and predict cumulative professional grade point average. The LASSI may not be an accurate diagnostic measure in this population of online learners. However, it may still be beneficial to improve student awareness of these skills.