The purpose of the study was to examine experiences of students transitioning into graduate allied health programs within a public university in the United States. Researchers assessed students’ occupational adaptation as well as factors that facilitated and inhibited their transition. Researchers collected data using the Relative Mastery Scale (RMS) (George-Paschal, Krusen, & Fan, 2022) and a researcher-developed transition survey. Participants included 129 students from three allied-health professions. Researchers conducted a mixed ANOVA to explore differences in RMS ratings across three disciplines. There was a statistically significant increase in RMS ratings over time for all disciplines and statistically significant differences between disciplines for some time periods. The top five facilitating and inhibiting factors are presented for each discipline. The study contributes to the literature through use of a person-centered approach to understand students’ state and process of adaptation over time.
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Williams, Carly E.; O'Brien, Jessica N.; Dodick, Rebecca E.; Bell, Jillian M.; Knauth, Jennifer O.; George-Paschal, Lorrie A.; Krusen, Nancy; and Rainey, Jacquie
"Exploring first semester allied health students’ transition to graduate school through the lens of Occupational Adaptation,"
Innovations in Health Sciences Education Journal: Vol. 1
, Article 4.