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Use these resources to help your students expand their understanding of acute care in physical therapy.

Brought to you by APTA’s specialty sections and councils, these resources are open to all educators, regardless of membership.

Core Competencies for Entry-Level Practice in Acute Care Physical Therapy
The Minimum Skills Task Force of the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy created these competencies that identify the necessary knowledge, actions and behaviors that are required of a physical therapist in the acute care environment. 

Core Competencies for Entry-Level Physical Therapist Assistants in the Acute Care Setting
To prepare future PTAs for the acute care environment, the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy PTA Task Force created this document to clarify the necessary skills required for an entry-level PTA to be safe and effective on day one of employment.

About APTA Acute Care

APTA Acute Care, an Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association, is composed of more than 3,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students who are members of the APTA. The mission of APTA Acute Care is to foster excellence in acute care practice, in all settings, in order to enhance the health and functioning of patients and clients.