Honors Projects


This study sought to find a relationship between students’ university grade point average and physical therapy treatment compliance. While other researchers have shown how important compliance is and have investigated factors that affect compliance and GPA separately, no one has studied how GPA and physical therapy treatment compliance are related. We investigated how these two factors interacted and were influenced by other aspects in a population that had not received much attention in literature regarding treatment compliance. This study was a cross sectional survey that used a source population of undergraduate and graduate students at Bowling Green State University in the fall 2016 semester. The data were analyzed using correlations and means as key statistical measures. Although we found no strong correlations, by looking at means we found that students with higher GPAs had higher means of completion in one week, but did their exercises for fewer weeks than their peers. With more studies similar to this one, a better correlation between GPA and physical therapy treatment compliance could possibly be found. In the long run, this study opens opportunities for investigation into how well different approaches to physical therapy work for students with different GPAs.


Health Science

First Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Fallon

First Advisor Department

Public and Allied Health

Second Advisor

Dr. Amy Morgan

Second Advisor Department

Exercise Science

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