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Unique Patients Helped/Year by One Graduating Class of ATSU Students*

The number of patient hours in a year was determined using standard assumptions for hours worked per year. The average number of patient hours per year is 1,840 with the number of patient workdays per year being 230. Patient workdays were defined as 8 hour days and 5 day work weeks. Calculation for 1,840 hr/yr assumed number of work hours per year = 2087. I then subtracted 20 days’ vacation and 10 holidays per year to get to 230 patient workdays. Multiply the 230 patient workdays by 8 hr/day and you get 1,840 patient hours per year. Patients visit more than once per year and the total patient visits were divided by patient visits per year to determine unique patient visits per year.

Average unique patients seen were then determined by degree obtained from ATSU. I realize these numbers are low in that many graduates do not take all their vacation and many of our graduates work more than 8 hours per day. Doing this made me feel like I, as an ATSU professor, was helping our world.

School/Degree

Unique Patient Visits

Number of graduates/ year

Unique patients/year/graduate

Total unique patients/year/ school/degree

ASDOH/DMD

3600 visits/yr; 3.2 visits/pt

66

1,125

74,250

ASHS/AT

2536 visits/yr; 3 visits/pt

9

845

7,605

ASHS/AuD

123 pt/month; 2 visits/pt

12

646

7,752

ASHS/PA

19 pt/day; 3.2 visits/pt

63

1,365

85,995

ASHS/OT

11 pt/day; 9 visits/pt

31

280

8,680

ASHS/AMOT

11 pt/day; 9 visits/pt

6

280

1,680

ASHS/APA

19 pt/day; 3.2 visits/pt

51

1,365

69,615

ASHS/TAuD

123 pt/month; 2 visits/pt

65

646

41,990

ASHS/TDPT

11 pt/day; 9 visits/pt

141

280

39,480

ASHS/OTD

11 pt/day; 9 visits/pt

3

280

840

ASHS/PT

11 pt/day; 9 visits/pt

60

280

16,800

KCOM/DO

20 pt/day; 3.2 visits/pt

165

1,400

231,000

MOSDOH/DMD

3600 visits/yr; 3.2 visits/pt

42

1,125

47,250

SOMA/DO

20 pt/day; 3.2 visits/pt

97

1,400

135,800

ATSU Total

 

811

954

774,057

The number of employees and faculty at ATSU in 2017 was 1,365. The number of unique patients helped per ATSU employee (includes faculty) as a result of helping these students graduate was 567. The number of full- and part-time faculty was 752 (370 full-time and 382 part-time). The number of unique patients helped per ATSU faculty as a result of helping these students graduate was 1,029. These calculations do not include the patients helped by our students while they are getting their degree at ATSU.

1https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/fact-sheets/computing-hourly-rates-of-pay-using-the-2087-hour-divisor/

2 Information from ATSU’s Registrar; Average number of graduates with the following degrees; AT, AuD, DMD, DO, OT, PA, PT over the last 4 years (2012-2015). The 2015 graduates with the following degrees; APA, AMOT, OTD, TAUD, and TDPT.

3The American Dental Association’s 2010 Survey of Dental Practice. April 2012. http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/HPI/Files/10_sdpc.ashx

4 JJ Greene. 2004. Athletic trainers in an orthopedic practice. Athletic Therapy Today; Human Kinetics-ATT. 9(5):56-57. http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/ATsOrthopedicPractice.pdf

5 http://www.audiologyonline.com/ask-the-experts/maximum-caseload-for-audiologist-factors-293

6 http://www.amnhealthcare.com/physician_assistant_will_see_you_now/

7 http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/jul11/managing3.asp

8Alexander GC, Kurlander J, Wynia MK. Physicians in retainer (“concierge”) practice. A national survey of physician, patient, and practice characteristics. J Gen Intern Med. 2005;20(12):1079–1083

9 APA= Advanced Physician Assistant Studies, AMOT= Advanced Masters of Occupational Therapy, AT= Athletic Training Masters, AuD= Doctoral of Audiology, DMD= Doctor of Medical Dentistry, DO= Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, OT= Occupational Therapy Masters, OTD= Occupational Therapy Doctorate, PA= Physician’s Assistant, PT= Physical Therapy Masters, TAUD= Transitional Doctorate of Audiology, TDPT= Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy

*Not all Schools or graduates were included. Calculations of person’s helped per year are very difficult to determine for some of our graduates. The degree programs included in these calculations are DO, DMD, PA, AuD, AT, PT, OT, APA, AMOT, OTD, TAUD, and TDPT9.

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