The PTA Handbook: Keys to Success in School and Career for the Physical Therapist Assistant / Edition 2


The updated Second Edition of The PTA Handbook is a unique textbook that serves students from pre-admission into a physical therapist assistant program, through the academic program, up to career entry and practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Dr. Kathleen A. Curtis and Peggy DeCelle Newman have updated this Second Edition to reflect current practice standards, including updated core professional documents addressing direction and supervision to align with developments in the physical therapy profession. The PTA Handbook, Second Edition expands on the popular first edition and includes an overview of the physical therapy profession, the physical therapist (PT) – physical therapist assistant (PTA) preferred relationship, evidenced-based practice and information literacy, diversity and cultural proficiency, and planning for life-long learning and leadership development.

What is new in the Second Edition:
• Includes key documents that guide the provision of physical therapy services and describe the relationship between delivery of care by the PT and PTA
• Career development strategies for the PTA, including criteria for Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the Physical Therapist Assistant and leadership roles in professional, clinical, and community contexts
• Case studies and “Putting It Into Practice” exercises are user-friendly, realistic approaches to enhance student learning and comprehension through immediate and meaningful application of the topic being discussed
• Written as a strategy-based guide to success for PTA students in meeting the required demands and expectations during a PTA program as well as in practice in the field

The PTA Handbook, Second Edition also covers information that will assist advisors and counselors in college and work re-entry programs to provide guidance regarding the physical therapy profession and specifically the differing roles of the PTA and PT. This text will also serve as a key guide for groups of 21st century learners frequently seeking PTA education, including first-generation college students, adult learners, career re-entry, second-language learners, and learners with disabilities.

The PTA Handbook: Keys to Success in School and Career for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Second Edition is an essential reference for students, educators, advisors and counselors, and therapy managers who want to maximize the potential for success of the PTA.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
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: 9781617110207
  • Publisher: Slack, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2014
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,461,912

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 aspreprofessional 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

Ch. 1 The profession of physical therapy 3
Ch. 2 The changing world and the future of physical therapy 13
Ch. 3 Evolving roles in physical therapy 23
Ch. 4 Financing physical therapist assistant education 33
Ch. 5 A primer on physical therapist assistant education 41
Ch. 6 Standards of behavior and conduct 53
Ch. 7 Student performance evaluation 61
Ch. 8 Presentations, papers, and projects 73
Ch. 9 Managing the learning process 89
Ch. 10 Will I do well enough? 97
Ch. 11 Taking control : self-management strategies 109
Ch. 12 Legal and ethical considerations 119
Ch. 13 Students with disabilities 137
Ch. 14 When speaking and writing English is a challenge 147
Ch. 15 Re-entry and career transition students 157
Ch. 16 Evidence-based practice in physical therapy 167
Ch. 17 Information competence 175
Ch. 18 Diversity and cultural competence in physical therapy 183
Ch. 19 Collaboration : you're on the team 195
Ch. 20 Student involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association 201
Ch. 21 Attending conferences 209
Ch. 22 Preparing for licensure 225
Ch. 23 Entering the job market 231
Ch. 24 Challenges for the new graduate 245
Ch. 25 Planning for life-long learning 253
Ch. 26 Working with your supervisor(s) 267
App. 1 Definition language, model practice act for physical therapy 279
App. 2 APTA Standards of ethical conduct and guide for conduct for the physical therapist assistant 281
App. 3 APTA Code of ethics and guide to professional conduct 285
App. 4 Standards of practice for physical therapy 291
App. 5A Direction and supervision of the physical therapist assistant 295
App. 5B Levels of supervision 297
App. 6 Provision of physical therapy interventions and related tasks 299
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