The PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency Program recognizes physical therapist assistants (PTAs) who have achieved advanced proficiency through education, experience, leadership and as part of the PT/PTA team in a specified area of work: acute care, aquatic, cardiovascular/pulmonary, education, geriatric, integumentary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, oncology, and/or pediatric physical therapy. This brand signifies that the recipient has gone above and beyond entry-level education in their selected area of work and sets the recipient apart from other providers.
The benefits of attaining this recognition of advanced proficiency in a given area of work include:
- Increased confidence in the provision of patient care.
- External recognition from APTA.
- Reinforcement of life-long learning.
- Distinction that assists with career advancement.
Successful applicants will receive a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency suitable for framing and a lapel pin. This achievement will be recognized publicly in PT in Motion, and at the Honors and Awards Ceremony during the NEXT Conference and Exposition.
APTA and the PTA Workgroup are proud of this initiative specifically for PTA members. Should you require further information or have questions, email PTARecognition@apta.org.
January 2016 Update: The PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency program will be discontinued. The last call for applications under this program is February 1, 2016. Recipients in this final cycle will be recognized during NEXT 2016. PTAs with a current Recognition of Advanced Proficiency will remain active through the expiration date. The new Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP) is being elevated as the postgraduation program that demonstrates advanced proficiency for the PTA. Learn more about APP.