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

Kathleen A. Curtis, PhD, PT; Peggy DeCelle Newman, PT, MHR
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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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About the Authors 
Contributing Authors
Foreword by Becky S. McKnight, PT, MS 

Section I The Physical Therapy Profession in the Changing World  

Chapter 1 The Profession of Physical Therapy  
Kathleen A. Curtis, PT, PhD and Lisa M. Zuber, PT, PhD

Chapter 2 The Changing World and the Future of Physical Therapy  
Kathleen A. Curtis, PT, PhD and Lisa M. Zuber, PT, PhD

Chapter 3 Evolving Roles in Physical Therapy  

Section II Becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant 

Chapter 4 A Primer on Physical Therapist Assistant Education 

Chapter 5 Standards of Behavior and Conduct  

Chapter 6 Student Performance Evaluation 

Chapter 7 Presentations, Papers, and Projects  

Section III Becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant Student 

Chapter 8 Managing the Learning Process  

Chapter 9 Will I Do Well Enough?  

Chapter 10 Taking Control: Self-Management Strategies 

Chapter 11 Legal and Ethical Considerations 

Section IV Support for Special Student Needs  

Chapter 12 Students With Disabilities  

Chapter 13 When Speaking and Writing English Is a Challenge  

Chapter 14 Re-Entry and Career Transition Students  
Tina Buettell, MPT and Kathleen A. Curtis, PT, PhD

Section V Planting the Seeds for a Bright Future  

Chapter 15 Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy 

Chapter 16 Information Literacy 

Chapter 17 Diversity and Cultural Competency in Physical Therapy  

Chapter 18 Collaboration: You’re on the Team!  

Chapter 19 Student Involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association  

Chapter 20 Attending Conferences 

Section VI First Steps Into the Profession of Physical Therapy 

Chapter 21 Preparing for Licensure 

Chapter 22 Entering the Job Market  

Chapter 23 Challenges for the New Graduate  

Chapter 24 Planning for Lifelong Learning 

Chapter 25 Working With Your Supervisor(s)  

Chapter 26 Leadership Opportunities for the Physical Therapist Assistant 

Appendix 1 Model Practice Act for Physical Therapy Language  

Appendix 2 Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant 

Appendix 3 Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist 

Appendix 4 Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy 

Appendix 5 Minimum Required Skills for Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates at Entry-Level 

Appendix 6 Direction and Supervision of the Physical Therapist Assistant 

Appendix 7 Levels of Supervision 

Appendix 8 Provision of Physical Therapy Interventions and Related Tasks  

Appendix 9 Values-Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant  

Appendix 10 Professionalism in Physical Therapy: Core Values 

Financial Disclosures

About the Editors

Kathleen A. Curtis, PT, PhD has served as Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) since 2007. She has also held an appointment as the Charles H. and Shirley T. Leavell Chair in Health Sciences since 2008. Dr. Curtis brings extensive leadership experience in clinical, education, research, and higher education administration roles in the health and rehabilitation sciences.
Prior to the current appointments, her academic background includes appointments at Mount Saint Mary’s College, the University of Southern California, the University of Miami School of Medicine, and California State University, Fresno, where she was honored in 2005 with the university President’s Award of Excellence. In 2010, she was honored with the Public Citizen of the Year Award by the National Association of Social Work, Upper Rio Grande chapter. She has held clinical appointments at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts; Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California; and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Curtis has been a principal investigator or project coordinator on over 25 funded projects and participated as a co-investigator and collaborator on many additional initiatives, totaling over $17 million. Her experience includes roles in both federally and privately funded programs. Dr. Curtis has published extensively, including three textbooks and numerous journal articles in the health-related research literature, as well as regional reports and briefs documenting health and social disparities. She is internationally recognized as a leader in the prevention of secondary disability among individuals with spinal cord injury.
Dr. Curtis was an active volunteer in sports for athletes with disabilities for several decades, serving either on the medical staff or as an international official at four of the last five Paralympic Games. She received a Fulbright program award in 1993 to develop sports medicine services for athletes with disabilities in conjunction with the University of Jordan, Irbid National University and the Jordan Sports Federation for the Handicapped in Amman, Jordan. She also co-founded and chaired a special interest group in the American Physical Therapy Association for care of athletes with disabilities.
Curtis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts; her Master’s Degree in Health Science from San Jose State University; and her PhD in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Peggy DeCelle Newman, PT, MHR has practiced as a physical therapist for more than 30 years in a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient orthopaedics, institutional long-term care, and home health. Additionally, she has managed allied health professionals in all of these settings.
Peggy’s teaching experience began as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) at the University of Oklahoma from 1988 through 1993. She then served as the PTA Program Director at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) for eleven years from 1995 to 2006. After leaving OCCC, she practiced clinically for a year, returning to the University of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty in 2007 as the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor. Peggy returned to OCCC and PTA education in January 2013.
Peggy has served the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association in many roles including Chapter President and Chief Delegate. She completed two consecutive terms as Chief Delegate in 2012.
She was selected as a 2010 APTA Lucy Blair Service Award recipient. She was elected in June 2013 to the APTA Nominating Committee (NC) and appointed as the NC Liaison to the APTA Leadership Development Committee in 2014.
She was appointed to the Oversight Panel for the Analysis of Practice for the PT and PTA licensure Examination by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy 2005 to 2007. She was appointed by the Federation as a Core Member Continued Competency Certification Reviewer in 2011 and subsequently invited/appointed to serve as a “Final Reviewer” for the Continued Competency Certification in 2012.
Peggy has presented locally and nationally on topics including “Vision 2020,” "Using Support Personnel Effectively," "The Guide to PT Practice: An Introduction," "Ethical and Legal Problems for Rehabilitation Therapists: Ethical and Legal Responsibilities in Today's Health Care Environment," “Let’s Talk Ethics,” “Clinical Practice Questions Explored,” and “Moral Courage in a Culture of Moral Distress.” She presented “Enhancing the PT—PTA Partnership” at the APTA Annual Conference in Boston in June 2010 and “The Teachable Moment—Explicitly Modeling Clinical Reasoning Skills in Clinical Education” at APTA Section for Education Educational Leadership Conference in Kansas City in October 2014.
Peggy is a contributing author to Geriatrics for the PTA by Jennifer Bottomley, PhD (SLACK, 2010) and Physical Therapist Assistant’s Examination Chapter 8 “Standards of Care.” She authored an article in Perspectives Magazine, “Build Strong Teams.”