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.

NOTE: This is a prerequisite course for PTA’s pursuing the advanced proficiency pathway (APP).

Course Code:


Completion Instructions

To successfully complete this course, you must open and review all lessons and resources in the course. Once you have progressed through the course lessons and resources, you must take an assessment of learning. You are required to complete the assessment with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit. You may retake the assessment as many times as you like.

Course level


Delivery method



APTA's PTA Caucus and Janet Crosier, Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Services

Learning objectives

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.



Brought to you by


Type:E-Learning Course
Credit Categories
Domains:Education, Free to Members, crosier, Private Practice, Supervision and Teamwork, director of physical therapy assistant, caucus
Key Dates
Enrollment:Prior to  12/30/2022