Congratulations on taking the next step toward becoming a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant! Passing the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) is a crucial step in obtaining licensure. This examination has reciprocity across the United States; therefore, you only need to pass it once to be licensed to practice in any state, although a separate state jurisprudence examination is necessary to complete requirements for licensure and to practice in each state. Check with your state Physical Therapy Board for more information.
Preparation to pass the NPTAE is a marathon, not a sprint. Your journey to success on this difficult, comprehensive examination should begin months before your test date. Proper time management, dedication to reviewing, and proficient knowledge of physical therapy principles are imperative to passing the NPTAE.
Physical Therapist Assistant Examination Review and Test-Taking Skills will provide the necessary information to prepare for the examination, including a breakdown of the NPTAE format, a comprehensive content review of all body systems, clinical tips, yellow and red flags to treatment, testing strategies, and sample questions.
In addition to studying content and understanding testing strategies, taking multiple practice examinations is a critical preparation step for success in the NPTAE. This book provides two 200-question practice examinations formatted in the style of the NPTAE.
We recommend using textbooks and review books, such as this one, when preparing for the examination. Lecture notes from your academic program will be less effective. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) establishes the NPTAE and has published a list of the most commonly used textbooks in PTA programs across the nation that they use to reference for examination questions. This list can be found at the following website: https://www.fsbpt.org/Secondary-Pages/Educators/Textbook-Survey-Data.
Good luck on your endeavors in this last step toward becoming a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant!