PTAs have been active members of the physical therapy profession for 50 years. In that time, their role has increased from passive to active. However, many PTs and PTAs are unaware of a number of opportunities for PTAs in clinical and nonclinical settings. Thus, many PTAs have missed chances to serve the profession. This lack of awareness has perpetuated the myth that PTAs are unable to serve the profession through leadership and advance their careers. Sections and chapters have asked, “Why aren’t PTAs more involved?” This session will address this concern and educate both PTs and PTAs on opportunities rather than myths of how PTAs can be active and optimally productive members of APTA and the profession.

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Review course, complete assessment with at least a 70% score, download and save certificate

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Rebecca Stevens, PTA, LMT, MA

Learning objectives

  1. Discuss the role, education, and skill set of the PTA in the physical therapy profession.
  2. Identify leadership opportunities for the PTA in clinical and nonclinical environments including academic, specialization, advanced proficiency, governance, and APTA.
  3. Define the positive attributes of PTA involvement in APTA, components, and the profession.
  4. Identify ways PTs and PTAs can engage in active membership and locate resources for leadership through APTA, chapters, and sections.

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The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.2
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Enrollment:Prior to  06/29/2022
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