Thursday, January 21, 2016 'Pathways' Program Takes Center Stage as Premier Advanced Proficiency Program for PTAs Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) now have a single program to help them demonstrate advanced proficiency in several different areas of care. APTA announced that the PTA Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP) program has been elevated to the association's sole postgraduation proficiency recognition program, and that the PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency program will be discontinued. The APP program uses multiple approaches to help applicants gain and demonstrate proficiency in areas of interest that include acute care, cardiovascular and pulmonary, geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and wound management. Participants take online core courses common to all of the APPs as well as content-specific courses for the selected area of work, followed by experiences with a qualified mentor of the participant's choosing. A dedicated program mentor at APTA makes sure that participants stay on the pathway and arrive at advanced proficiency as efficiently as possible. The next APP program application cycle will open on May 1, 2016, with a submission deadline of August 1, 2016. The soon-to-be discontinued Recognition of Advanced Proficiency program will issue its last call for applications on February 1, 2016 with the recognition remaining valid through 2021. Recipients in this final cycle will be recognized during the 2016 NEXT Conference and Exposition. Questions about PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency can be directed to Lisa McLaughlin at email@example.com. For more information on APP, contact Derek Stepp at firstname.lastname@example.org.