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.

PTA 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.

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.


Member Benefits
  • Subscription to Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy
  • Critical EdgEmail, monthly e-newsletter
  • Educational programming at reduced member rates 
  • Resources to succeed in practice
  • Networking specific to acute care
  • Total Joint Replacement SIG
  • Emergency Department focus group
  • Intensive Care Unit focus group
  • Members Only web resources
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Five listservs
  • Employers--20% off Career Center fees
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