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Online: Leading the Team-A Practical Guide to Working with PTAs
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Author(s): APTA's PTA Caucus and Janet Crosier, Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Services

Editors: Lois Douthitt and the APTA Publications Department; Jody Frost, Director of Academic and Clinical Education Affairs


$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


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

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.


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After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Model the correct clinical relationship between the PT and the PTA.

  2. Describe educational requirements and minimum skill sets of the PTA.

  3. Describe patient/client management activities PTAs may and may not perform.

  4. Supervise PTAs in the clinical environment.

  5. Provide mentoring and assist in career planning for PTAs.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Many PT and PTA members contributed to this course over the years. The final copy editing was completed by Janet M. Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd, Director of PTA Services at APTA. Prior to working at APTA, Crosier was an assistant professor and the program director at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville's PTA Program and director of rehabilitation services at Northwest Medical Center in Franklin, PA. In her role at APTA, Crosier has guided the development or revision of a number of documents including A Normative Model of PTA Education: Version 2007, Minimum Required Skills of the PTA Graduate at Entry-level, PTA Direction and Supervision Algorithms, and PTA Clinical Problem Solving Algorithm.


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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0235
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX
  • Pennsylvania: Denied

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System Requirements

Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation, interactive knowledge checks, and a posttest.
Computer System Requirements


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