The Role of the Physical Therapist Assistant: Regulations and Responsibilities

3rd Edition

Be prepared for your new role as a PTA. This is the perfect introduction to the history of the Physical Therapist Assistant and their responsibilities today. The 3rd Edition of this groundbreaking text delves into the ever-expanding role of the PTA in the clinical setting as well as the regulations that govern the PTA’s scope of work.


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Key Features
  • Explores the PTA’s role as the preferred extender of PT care and the importance of building strong relationships with PTs.
  • Addresses the transition from clinical to the real-world of professional practice in the chapter, Beginning your Career, Post-Graduation Advanced Learning and Skill Development, perfect for capstone courses.
  • Emphasizes American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) policies and positions as well as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) model.
  • Addresses issues of role delineation, teamwork, professionalism and leadership development.
  • Offers “Reflection Bullets” throughout each chapter and “Review and Application” sections at the end.
  • Features a workbook-like design with perforated, tear-out pages.
Table of Contents
  1. The History of Physical Therapy and the Physical Therapist Assistant
  2. Physical Therapist Practice Settings
  3. Effective Teams: The Preferred Physical Therapist-Physical Therapist Assistant Relationship
  4. Regulatory Requirements for Direction and Supervision of the Physical Therapist Assistant
  5. Ethics and Ethical Behavior in Physical Therapy
  6. The Patient–Physical Therapist Assistant Relationship
  7. Consideration of Culture During Physical Therapy Interventions
  8. Introduction to Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  9. The Physical Therapist Assistant and the American Physical Therapy Association
  10. Laws Impacting Physical Therapist Practice
  11. Payment for Physical Therapy Services
  12. Leadership Development for Physical Therapist Assistants
  13. Evidence-Based Practice and Research Review Fundamentals
  14. Beginning your Career, Post-Graduation Advanced Learning and Skill Development
New To This Edition
  • Revised & Updated! Content that reflects the changes in the field today
  • Updated! Information on APTA positions, bylaws and publications that impact the role and utilization of the PTA, including the new Core Values document, PTA voting rights in the House of Delegates, the soon-to-be published revisions to the PTA Direction and Supervision position, and updates to the APTA's online version of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.
  • Expanded! More detailed content/questions related to the biopsychosocial model of health and the ICF model of patient categorization
  • New! Coverage of the ramifications of racism on patients, providers, and institutions to promote discussions of this challenging topic
  • Updated! Information on state and federal payment policies and regulations in an ever-changing payment environment and their impact on the delivery of services

The Role of the Physical Therapist Assistant: Regulations and Responsibilities, 2E (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-7196-4314-6
Author: Holly M. Clynch
© 2023
Page Count: 320
Binding: Softcover

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