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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher James Hughes, PT,PhD,OCS,CSCS(Slippery Rock University)
Description: This book serves as a review resource for physical therapy students and recent graduates who will take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). The book is entirely written in a 400 multiple choice question and answer format.
Purpose: The authors' purpose was to provide a "realistic" study guide that closely resembles the type of questions the test applicant will experience on the national exam. The content is worthy of the authors' objective.
Audience: Physical therapy students as well as recent graduates from a physical therapy program who have not yet taken the national licensure are the target audience for this book. The authors are both licensed physical therapists who are employed at a rehabilitation center in Mississippi.
Features: The introductory section includes a synopsis of the basic components that are included on the national exam as well as percentages of the topic areas for each section. The 400 multiple choice questions are similar to the format of the national exam. The answers for each question with an accompanying brief explanation appear at the back of the book. A bibliography lists 39 references that lend support to the answers provided. However, no specific reference is provided for each question/answer to allow the reviewer to seek out the pertinent reference. A few "K" type questions are included but most require that the reviewer select the best answer from four choices.
Assessment: The authors have provided another resource for students to prepare and aid in their study for the national physical therapy exam. The questions are comprehensive. However, other review texts also have a computer disk to facilitate scoring and explanation of answers to the questions, which is important since the national exam now requires test takers use the computer. Some other texts also provide more specific references and additional review materials (Meyer, Physical Therapist Examination Review, 9th edition (Slack Publishers, 2000) and Evans, Preparing for the Physical Therapist Licensure Examination (F.A. Davis, 1999)). However, I still feel this book can be a suitable study aid and compete with other current resources on the market.