Advanced Proficiency in Acute Care (PTA)
APTA approved acute care as an area for recognition of advanced proficiency for the physical therapist assistant! Task Force on Advanced Proficiency for the PTA in Acute Care, led by PTA Member at Large Deb Bornmann, was informed on August 31, 2011 that 'acute care' was approved as an area in which PTAs can apply for recognition of advanced proficiency.
What resources does the Acute Care Section have to help me achieve advanced proficiency in acute care?
The Acute Care Section is proud to have successfully petitioned APTA to have 'acute care' added to the areas of practice in which a PTA can be recognized for advanced proficiency. We are here to support acute care PTAs to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to achieve advanced proficiency in acute care practice. Here are some of the ways the Acute Care Section can help you meet eligibility and become successful in moving your PTA practice forward.
- The Acute Care Section is an APTA Learning Center Partner and provides excellent online continuing education specific to acute care practice that you need to demonstrate to achieve this recognition.
- The Acute Care Section's outstanding programming at Combined Sections Meeting is current, evidence based, and focused on acute care practice.
- Ensure your practice benefits from up-to-date research in acute care physical therapy. The Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy (JACPT) can move your practice forward.
- Network with other acute care PTAs on one of the Section's listservs to find mentors, ask clinical questions, and share your expertise.
- Acute Care Section members have access to many benefits that can help you achieve advanced proficiency including subscription to JACPT and discounts on acute care-specific continuing education.
Where can I learn more about PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency?
Visit the APTA's website for more resources, links, and information specifically related to PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency in Acute Care. Application deadlines are February 1 and August 1 yearly.