PTA Updates

3 / 1 / 2016

PTA Town Hall Meeting at Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) Feb 2016

Submitted by: Lisa Stejskal, PTA, MAEd, NH APTA PTA Caucus Representative 

The PTA Town Hall meeting at CSM was held on February  17th in Anaheim, California.  Amy Smith, PTA Caucus Chief Delegate presided over the meeting. 


Amy shared information from the APTA related to career development for PTAs.  The Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP) program is being elevated to be the postgraduation program that demonstrates advanced proficiency for the PTA, while promoting continued career development. These developed pathways are educational guides designed to increase PTAs' knowledge and skills in a chosen area of physical therapy. APP's purpose is to:

  • Provide PTAs with clearly defined postgraduation educational curriculum that leads to advanced proficiency.
  • Promote PTAs' career development by providing a self-initiated curriculum completion process that strengthens the PT and PTA working relationship, and encourages lifelong learning.
  • Assist physical therapists, employers, consumers, the health care community, and others in identifying PTAs with advanced knowledge and skills in a specified area of physical therapy.

A dedicated program mentor assigned by APTA makes sure that each participant stays on the pathway and arrives at advanced proficiency, as effectively and efficiently as possible. The APP program has 3 components:

  1. Core group of APTA courses with knowledge exams that are common to all of the Advanced Proficiency Pathways.
  2. Content-specific courses with knowledge exams that have been developed by clinical experts.
  3. Mentored clinical experiences with skills assessments, conducted by a clinical mentor selected by the program participant.

Content areas include acute care, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and wound management. Additional content areas will be added as they are completed.

The next APP program application cycle will open on May 1, 2016, with a submission deadline of August 1, 2016, for APP enrollment applications.

By establishing APP as the premier program to demonstrate advanced PTA proficiency, the PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency program will be discontinued. PTAs with a current Recognition of Advanced Proficiency will remain active through its expiration date. The last call for applications is February 1, 2016. Recipients in this final cycle will be recognized during NEXT 2016.

Questions about PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency can be directed to Lisa McLaughlin at Learn more about APPS.  If you have questions about APPS please contact Derek Stepp at    

The PTA Caucus Nominating Committee announced the 2016 PTAC slate for elections:

Delegates ( two will be elected):

Brad Thuringer

Sean Bagby

Chris Garland

Jane Jackson 

Alt Delegate (one to be elected):

Lisa Stejskal

Cindi Cathey 

Nominating Committee (one to be elected):

Debbie Simmons

Angie Horner 


The meeting concluded with a group activity facilitated by Amy Smith, engaging the meeting attendees to discuss issues such as PTA entry-level education, post-graduation PTA education and future scope of work for the PTA; to determine future strategic goals for the PTA Caucus.

It is my pleasure to serve the NHAPTA chapter as PTA Caucus Representative.  My role is to represent physical therapist assistants, as well as the needs of the PT/PTA teams within our state.  On a local level, some of you may have heard that we are losing one of the two PTA programs in our state.  Mount Washington College, formerly Hesser College, has decided to close its doors effective Spring 2016.  River Valley Community College PTA Program will be the only PTA program in New Hampshire.

Hearing from you helps me tremendously, so please "help me, help you"!  Feel free to contact me at , if you have any questions or concerns. 



NHAPTA Liberty Square Group
4 Liberty Sq, #500
Boston, MA 02109
(857) 702 – 9915