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  • A Bridge from PTA to PT

    Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 22, 2014
  • The 18-Year-Old PTA

    During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from 4-year colleges and others were entering physical therapy as a fourth or fifth job incarnation. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • What Am I Worth?

    There has been much discussion recently about how much people earn. Whether comparison of PT/PTA salaries by region, such as on the ADVANCE website, or in politics regarding raising the minimum wage (don't worry, I'm not going to tackle that slippery slope), people want to know: What am I worth? It's timely though, as I've been perseverating over ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on January 31, 2014
  • PhDs and ‘Physical Therapy Assistants'

    Over the past few months I've noticed a few things about the physical therapy profession that caught my attention, and I wanted to describe the situations here.  First, I was speaking with a physical therapist about the doctorate program education for physical therapists, and she responded, ''I think it's a really good thing that they are ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on June 6, 2013
  • CSM 2013: A ‘Fine’ Time for Networking, Fun

    King of Prussia---I'm looking forward to attending this year's Combined Sections Meeting nexk week in (what we hope is) sunny San Diego! It will be a nice change of pace from last year's meeting, which was a lot of fun, but also quite chilly in the Windy City. We here at ADVANCE's offices in the Philly suburbs need warmth--and fast! While members ...
  • What Is a Physical Therapist Extender?

    Reading Jason Marketti's blog last week reminded me of a discussion we're having here in Texas. It's called RC-3 and is an amendment to the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act. It proposes unlicensed individuals such as athletic trainers and massage therapists be used as PT extenders. These extenders are to provide care as directed by the physical ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2012
  • PT Legislative Battle Rages in California

    Physical therapists who haven't been paying attention to the legislative battle raging in California might want to start. As the APTA detailed in its Aug. 30 press release, ''In California, a Rough Ride for Senate Bill 924,'' the latest salvo was just fired: ''California physical therapists have been infuriated by the legislative wrangling that ...
  • State Board Anxiety -- Revisited

    I recently received quite a few heartfelt responses to a blog I wrote last year on the subject of the dreaded PTA ''state board licensure exam.'' I feel your pain, people. I vividly remember the pre/post anxiety and panic of preparing and actually taking the test. Many readers asked about the timeliness of receiving the test results. My ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 27, 2012
  • Specialization and Skill or Low Salary?

    Recently I've found myself looking at the available positions in Houston. I never thought I would be doing this again but here I am. Things have changed since I last looked. There are more jobs posted than previously. Salaries are higher. No one seems to be looking for anyone with experience. While there are more job listings, there don't seem ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 18, 2012
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