AMS Inc Signs Contract with APTA for PTA Clinical Performance Instrument

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 26, 2010 — Academic Management Systems Inc (AMS) has signed a contract with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to automate the Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument (PTA CPI): Version 2010 as a national technology solution. The Web-based PTA CPI instrument will be developed using the company's market-leading assessment product — CoursEvalTM — as the underlying technology platform. AMS will provide a comprehensive solution that includes development, implementation, training, ongoing evaluation, and technical customer service for the participating physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs.

The PTA CPI: Version 1998 was the first version of a student performance evaluation instrument used by many of the PTA education programs in the United States to evaluate PTA students during their clinical experiences. The PTA CPI also provides students the ability to self-assess their performance during the clinical experience. Currently, there are more than 9,000 students enrolled in US PTA education programs.

CoursEval, a Web-based course, instructor, rotation, and all-purpose assessment program, was initially designed for health professions schools. It now supports the assessment needs of any college, university, or online training organization. CoursEval now serves more than 140 customers including approximately 100 health professions schools and a rapidly growing number of colleges and universities.

Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd, APTA's director of the PTA services department, has facilitated and coordinated the revision and conversion of the PTA CPI: Version 2010 to Web-based technology in collaboration with the Ad Hoc PTA CPI Revision consultant group, and the development and implementation of the associated online training program. Crosier states, "The physical therapist assistant education community is ready to use PTA CPI Web and will benefit from significant enhancements to the revised instrument, easy access and consistent online training, and superior utility that the Web-based PTA CPI will offer. PTA CPI Web promotes ongoing documentation of student clinical performance, increases the ease of completion of the PTA CPI for students and clinical educators, and makes data access and retrieval quicker and easier for administrators and faculty in the academic programs."

PTAs provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. PTAs must complete a 2-year associate's degree and are licensed, certified, or registered in most states.

American Physical Therapy Association 

Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility — in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of prescription medications. APTA represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice, education, and research. In most states, patients can make an appointment directly with a physical therapist, without a physician referral. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com. Join us on Twitter and Facebook.

Academic Management Systems, Inc. 

Academic Management Systems Inc (AMS), located in Amherst, New York, is a subsidiary of Liaison International Inc. The companies provide management software for health professions schools, colleges, and universities with a focus on admissions management, Web-based accreditation management, and online course evaluations. For more information about AMS, visit www.amsweb.com.

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