PTA Advanced Proficiencies

 

In 1969, there was cause to celebrate for physical therapist assistants (PTAs), as 15 students graduated from the first PTA programs at Miami Dade College in Florida and St Mary's Campus of the College of St Catherine in Minnesota. Just 2 years earlier, these PTA programs began preparing students to fill a need in the physical therapy community-that of an assistant to the physical therapist.

Over the years, the road for the PTA hasn't been completely smooth; few in physical therapy will deny that. But during the past 35 years, PTAs have remained an important part of the field and increasingly have become accepted for their role and contributions. That is reflected in PTA membership in APTA, which has grown from 52 in 1971 to 4,501 today.

PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency:
This could be your next step in your career advancement.

Physical therapist assistants who complete all of the eligibility requirements for recognition find a increased confidence in the provision of patient care, external recognition from APTA, reinforcement of lifelong learning, and distinction that assists with career advancement.

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