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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.