Educational Programs for the PTA Task Force

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Qualifications

The task force will include physical therapist and physical therapist assistant members. The group is made up of 10 individuals: 1 Board Chair, 1 Board member, 6 members, and 2 staff consultants.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with data interpretation;
  • Experience working with or as a PTA in a variety of clinical settings;
  • Experience identifying and developing curricular content in entry-level or post-graduation PTA education; or
  • Experience in community college or university administration.

Some travel is required for members of this group. The task force will meet via conference call and/or webinar as directed by the chair. One face-to-face meeting is expected to be held at APTA.

Charge

The Educational Programs for the PTA Task Force will implement phase 3 of the feasibility study plan, specifically data interpretation and report submission.

For the period of November 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014, the Board of Directors' determined charge for the Educational Programs for the PTA Task Force is:

  • Interpret data relative to the 2012 House of Delegates' charge collected by the staff work group;
  • Identify and collect additional data, if needed; and
  • Formulate recommendations for the Board of Directors

All APTA appointed groups will conduct their work with the Association Organizational Values in mind and in the context of 1) APTA's mission, vision, and strategic plan, and 2) the potential for their work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.

Background

In 2012 the House of Delegates adopted Feasibility Study for Transitioning to an Entry-Level Baccalaureate Physical Therapist Assistant Degree (RC 20-12), which contained the following charge:

In exploring the need for implementation of the entry-level bachelor’s degree for physical therapist assistants (PTA), the American Physical Therapy Association shall collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to conduct a feasibility study that identifies:

  • Additional/expanded content areas to be addressed in a 4-year curriculum
  • Baccalaureate-level educational models for the entry-level PTA, which include required and elective discipline-specific and liberal arts curriculum
  • Mechanisms for PTA educational programs housed in 2-year institutions to award a baccalaureate degree
  • Educational models for PTAs educated at the associate level to transition to a baccalaureate PTA degree
  • Possible practice act language modifications that could be required as a result of this change

An interim report was provided to the 2013 House of Delegates. A status report shall be submitted to the 2014 House of Delegates.

A staff work group (8 members, 1 member consultant, 3 staff consultants) has developed and implemented phases 1 and 2 of the feasibility study plan, including obtaining data sources to provide the needed information for the 5 elements of the charge.

Additional Information

BOD Chair: Carolyn Oddo, PT, MS, FACHE
Staff Liaison: Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd, lead PTA services specialist

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