(2008) reported that performance in behavioral interviews was shown to predict performance on the NPTE in 89 subjects from one university.
In direct contrast, academic difficulties experienced in graduate program work, typically defined as "failing a course or unit or being placed on academic suspension or probation" during the training program, have been shown to predict NPTE failure for physical therapy students (Riddle, Utzman, Jewell, Pearson, & Kong, 2009, p.
Kosmahl (2005) determined that there was an insignificant correlation between physical therapy students' scores on the Clinical Performance Tool (published by the American Physical Therapy Association and used to rate performance during the clinical education experience) and their performance on the NPTE. Luedtke-Hoffmann, Dillon, Utsey, and Tomaka (2012) reported no significant relationship between the Physical Therapist Manual for the Assessment of Clinical Skills and overall student performance on the NPTE; they did, however, identify limited relationships between some portions of the assessment tool and corresponding sections of the NPTE.
(2007b) reported that failure on the NPTE examination varied with race or ethnicity, yet postulated that the increased tendency for students in some ethnic groups to fail the examination was associated with such factors as socioeconomic status or educational background.
Dental hygiene and allied health advanced degree and degree completion programs, unlike entry-level preparatory programs, often do not have registry examination performance benchmark data (NBDHE, NCLEX, PTCB and NPTE
) to use for triangulating student and program performance, with course grades and GPA as indicators of educational performance.