PTA Student Center

  1. The PT/PTA Relationship
    The following list of documents should be reviewed as you explore the PT/ PTA relationship. The first document does a great job of describing four things or categories that should be considered for the PT/PTA team. The documents that follow are related to each of the categories that should be considered.
    The PT PTA Relationship_Four Things To Know (This explains legal, professional, ethical and payor considerations.)
    State Practice Acts (click on your state to read the pertinent laws regarding the PT/PTA team).
    Direction and Supervision of the PTA (This document describes the professional standard for the PT/PTA team.)
    PTA Direction Algorithm Chart (a visual map for decisions about delegation)
    PTA Supervision Algorithm (a visual map for supervision decisions)
    Procedural Interventions Exclusively Performed by the Physical Therapist (a position statement from the APTA)
    Provision of Physical Therapy and Related Tasks (a position statement from the APTA)
    Consumer Protection (a position statement from the APTA)
    Code of Ethics for the PT (This document describes ethical considerations for the PT.)
    Standards of Ethical conduct for the PTA (This document describes ethical considerations for the PTA.)
    Professionalism Core Values (This document describes professionalism for the PT.)
    Values Based Behaviors for the PTA (This document describes professionalism for the PTA.)
    Therapy Billing for Beginners (This document introduces some billing or payor considerations. For more information on billing issues, go to the reimbursement page.)

-Additional reading that will be helpful:
Minimum Required Skills of PTA Grads (This is a list of skills that a new PTA grad is expected to have upon graduation.)
Aggregate Program Data_PTA Programs (This is a summary of data regarding PTA education from CAPTE.)
Aggregate Program Data_PTPrograms (This is a summary of data regarding PT education from CAPTE.)

2. For information on how to sign up for the NPTE, visit http://www.fsbpt.org/ExamCandidates.aspx  You can also read the exam candidate handbook which is posted here: CandidateHandbook2016

3. Are you applying to a different state for licensure? Are you able to take the exam before formal graduation? Do you need to submit fingerprints? What else is needed in each state or jurisdiction? Click here to view FSBPT’s resources on this subject. Every state is different so starting here will be helpful!

4. Connect with other students around the state of Wisconsin.  Join the new Wisconsin Physical Therapy Student Network.
The purpose of the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Student Network (WPTSN) is to:

  • A) Foster communications between DPT and PTA students across the state;
  • B) Serve as a conduit for DPT and PTA students in Wisconsin to learn about and become active members in the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA);
  • C) Develop opportunities for DPT and PTA students in Wisconsin to participate in professional advocacy; and
  • D) Open doors for DPT and PTA students in Wisconsin to interact with practicing clinicians through casual and professional engagements.