The PTA Handbook: Keys to Success in School and Career for the Physical Therapist Assistant / Edition 1

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Are you tired of searching through multiple texts, articles, and other references to find the information you need? Physical Therapy Foundations for the Physical Therapist Assistant: Keys to Success in School and Career contains extensive coverage of the most pertinent issues for the physical therapist assistant, including the physical therapist-physical therapist assistant preferred relationship, evidence-based practice and problem-solving, essentials of information competence, and diversity. This comprehensive text successfully guides physical therapist assistant students from the start of their education into their clinical practice. The user-friendly format allows for easy navigation of topics including changes and key features of the health care environment, guides to essential conduct and behavior, and ethical and legal considerations. Strategies are provided to successfully manage financial decisions and curriculum requirements, as well as opportunities and obstacles that may emerge. The physical therapist - physical therapist assistant relationship - often a source of confusion for health care and academic administrators, academic and clinical faculty, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants - is specifically profiled and analyzed. The authors clarify this relationship by utilizing an appropriate mixture of case studies, multiple examples, and current reference documents. Each chapter is followed by a "Putting It Into Practice" exercise, which gives the reader an opportunity to apply the information in their educational or clinical practice setting. The information presented is current and represents the evolution of the physical therapy profession over the past 35 years, since the development of the physical therapist assistant role. Physical Therapy Foundations for the Physical Therapist Assistant is a necessary text for all students wanting to minimize their questions and maximize their potential. Top

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

 "The content is wide ranging, relevant and informative. The writing style is positive and supportive, and the text is easy to access and read, with inclusion of useful examples and summaries."  

— Jenny Morris, Physiotherapy

 "The book is practical and effective in its goal to provide students with a working guide. The content is straightforward and direct and written with great clarity. This is an appropriate resource for the physical therapist assistant student. It provides a practical guide to the education process and entry into the profession."  

— Leesa M Dibartola, EdD, PT, CHES, Doody Enterprises, Inc.

 "The PTA Handbook would be helpful for college advisors of health care professions to understand the roles and requirements necessary for a student who may be interested in becoming a physical therapist assistant. Clinical and academic faculty…find this text useful in advising students at various stages of the educational process."  

— Nannine Dahlen, PT, Advance for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Leesa M DiBartola, EdD, PT, CHES (Duquesne University)
Description: This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of tools that are useful for student physical therapist assistants in their educational process. The central theme is to provide students with practical and current information that will enhance their education and entry into the field of physical therapy. The book is practical and effective in its goal to provide students with a working guide.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide for students as they enter and progress through the PTA educational program and prepare for licensure and transition to clinical practice. These are worthy objectives and the book serves as a useful tool for students. The book succeeds in meeting the stated objectives.
Audience: It is intended for students in a physical therapist assistant education program. Both authors are well established educators in the field of physical therapy.
Features: The book provides a chronological sequence that takes the student through the educational process and preparation for clinical practice. It addresses the current profession of physical therapy, the role of the physical therapist assistant, the educational process of the PTA program, and the process of entry into the profession. The book includes helpful tables and text boxes that highlight the narrative. Each chapter concludes with a section titled "Putting it into Practice" which includes a list of review questions and exercises that highlight the salient themes of the chapter. The content is straightforward and direct and written with great clarity.
Assessment: This is an appropriate resource for the physical therapist assistant student. It provides a practical guide to the education process and entry into the profession. It is superficial in nature, which has both positive and negative implications. The simplicity provides for an easy to use reference guide; however, it lacks depth and leaves the reader wanting more detailed information.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556426216
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 669,364
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen A. Curtis, PT, PhD

Kathleen A. Curtis, PT, PhD, is a Professor and Director of Research and External Programs in the College of Health and Human Services and former Chairperson of the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Curtis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Master's degree in Health Science from San Jose State University, and received her PhD in Education at University of California, Los Angeles.

Her background includes a wide variety of experiences in clinical practice, staff development and supervision, clinical research, and clinical and academic teaching in physical therapy. Her academic teaching experience includes graduate courses in physical therapy professional issues, research methods, communication, instructional design, health education, career development, health systems, and psychosocial considerations in health care. She also developed and coordinated an annual Graduate Student Success Seminar for incoming graduate students, a program designed to ensure that they have the skills to succeed in physical therapy professional education.

Her research on interprofessional role conflict, helping behavior, early career development, and role satisfaction has received wide exposure across the health care fields. She coauthored and serves on the Advisory Board of California State University, Fresno's Certificate of Advanced Study in Interprofessional Collaboration. She also developed an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science program in Interdisciplinary Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, which serves as preprofessional preparation for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation counseling graduate students. She cofounded the interdisciplinary Disability Studies Institute and the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University, Fresno.

She is a well-known speaker and author. She has published extensively in the rehabilitation literature and serves as a manuscript reviewer for several journals. She is a recipient of the California Physical Therapist Faculty Research Award and her books, The Physical Therapist's Guide to Health Care and Physical Therapy Professional Foundations have been used as texts in a majority of college and university physical therapy professional education programs.

Peggy DeCelle Newman, PT, MHR

Peggy DeCelle Newman, PT, MHR, is the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director at Oklahoma City Community College. Peggy received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a Master's degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. For 6 years she served as Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at the University of Oklahoma Physical Therapy Program.

She participated in the development of the Normative Model of Physical Therapist Assistant Education (APTA 1999) as a member consultant on curriculum and content. She developed one component and served as invited project reviewer of the PT:PTA Collaboration Module developed by the National Assembly of Physical Therapist Assistants. She serves the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as an on-site team leader for physical therapist assistant programs.

She has served the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association as Chapter President, Delegate, and Chief Delegate for multiple terms. She received the Oklahoma Chapter Founder's Award in 2001. She currently serves as an appointed member of the Advisory Panel on Public Relations to the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association.

She has presented locally and nationally on topics including "Using Support Personnel Effectively," "The Guide to PT Practice: An Introduction," "Fostering Professional Interaction through Collaborative Group Learning," and "Ethical and Legal Problems for Rehabilitation Therapists: Ethical & Legal Responsibilities in Today's Health Care Environment."

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Table of Contents


About the Authors
Contributing Authors

Part One The Physical Therapy Profession in the Changing World
Chapter 1 The Profession of Physical Therapy
Chapter 2 The Changing World and the Future of Physical Therapy
Chapter 3 Evolving Roles in Physical Therapy
Part Two Becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant
Chapter 4 Financing Physical Therapist Assistant Education
Chapter 5 A Primer on Physical Therapist Assistant Education
Chapter 6 Standards of Behavior and Conduct
Chapter 7 Student Performance Evaluation
Chapter 8 Presentations, Papers, and Projects
Part Three Essentials for Success for Physical Therapist Assistant Students
Chapter 9 Managing the Learning Process
Chapter 10 Will I Do Well Enough?
Chapter 11 Taking Control: Self-Management Strategies
Chapter 12 Legal and Ethical Considerations
Part Four Support for Special Student Needs
Chapter 13 Students With Disabilities
Chapter 14 When Speaking and Writing English is a Challenge
Chapter 15 Re-Entry and Career Transition Students
ChrisTina Buettell, MPT
Part Five Planting the Seeds for a Bright Future
Chapter 16 Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy
Chapter 17 Information Competence
Chapter 18 Diversity and Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy
Chapter 19 Collaboration: You’re on the Team
Chapter 20 Student Involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association
Chapter 21 Attending Conferences
Part Six First Steps Into the Profession of Physical Therapy
Chapter 22 Preparing for Licensure
Chapter 23 Entering the Job Market
Chapter 24 Challenges for the New Graduate
Chapter 25 Planning for Life-Long Learning
Chapter 26 Working With Your Supervisor(s)

Appendix 1 Definition Language, Model Practice Act for Physical Therapy
Appendix 2 APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct and Guide for Conduct for the Physical Therapist
Appendix 3 APTA Code of Ethics and Guide to Professional Conduct
Appendix 4 Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy
Appendix 5A Direction and Supervision of the Physical Therapist Assistant
Appendix 5B Levels of Supervision
Appendix 6 Provision of Physical Therapy Interventions and Related Tasks


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