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  • Leading the Team-A Practical Guide to Working with PTAs
    • Author(s): APTA's PTA Caucus and Janet Crosier, Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Services
    • This interactive online course, primarily designed for physical therapists (PT) and PT students, provides the learner with the background needed to successfully utilize the knowledge and skills of a physical therapist assistant (PTA) in patient/client care. The course will clarify the team roles and relationships to assure the best patient/client outcomes.
    • Editors: Lois Douthitt and the APTA Publications Department; Jody Frost, Director of Academic and Clinical Education Affairs
    • Price: $0 Member | $88 Nonmember (price subject to change)
    • CEU: 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
    • Publication Date: August 2011

PT-PTA Toolkit

  • Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants have long understood the value of the PT-PTA relationship and how that relationship can be put to best use in patient and client care. Now there's a 1-stop source for explaining that value to others.
  • Recently, APTA unveiled The PT-PTA Team Toolkit, a 54-page e-publication that touches on some of the most important elements of the PT-PTA relationship, from educational requirements to work with third-party payers.
  • Designed to serve as a resource "to share with payers, employers, patients and clients, and any other interested party," the toolkit is part primer, part compendium, with appendices that include sample appeal letters to payers, a list of minimum required skills of the PTA, and a problem-solving algorithm for the PTA.
  • The toolkit is available free to APTA members, and joins a suite of APTA resources on PTA Patient Care and Supervision.


PTA Patient Care Resources from APTA


Audio: Managing a Caseload: A New Look at PT- PTA Teams (Recorded)

  • Presenter(s): Edie K. Benner, PT, PhD, OCS; Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd; Patrick Morgan, PT, DPT; Juli V. Robine, PTA, BA; George Schaffer, PTA
  • Price: $75 Member | $120 Nonmember
  • CEU: 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs)
  • Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have been working together to provide physical therapy services to patients and clients since 1969. Although many different models of PT-PTA care delivery are used throughout the country, there is limited data available to indicate which models are most effective. This audio conference will describe a PT-PTA team approach to patient care delivery that focuses on patient-centered decision making, communication, and collaboration.


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