Introduction to Physical Therapy for Physical Therapist Assistants

Olga Dreeben-Irimia, PhD, MPT, PT-Director, Dreeben Therapy Associates, Gainesville, FloridaDr. Olga Dreeben-Irimia has been in the profession of physical therapy for twelve years, both as a clinician and as an educator. She was the Director of the PTA  Program at Lake City Community College in Florida and more recently Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, University of North Texas, Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Her doctoral preparation was specific to physical therapy education. For over ten years, Dr. Dreeben-Irimia has been involved in evaluating and applying educational theories in relation to physical therapy education and clinical practice. Dr. Dreeben-Irimia brings her experience and her training as a clinician and as an educator to this text.   Additional Titles by this AuthorPhysical Therapy Clinical Handbook for PTAsISBN-13: 9781449647582Patient Education in RehabilitationISBN-13: 9780763755447

Written specifically for Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) students, this text is an excellent introduction for physical therapist assistant’s education. This new edition includes updated information regarding the relationship between the Physical Therapist (PT) and PTA and key concepts of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice for better understanding of clinical guidelines. It also includes new information regarding clinical trends in physical therapy.

Utilizing this text specifically for PTAs, instructors can introduce students to information regarding professionalism, professional roles, interpersonal communication, physical therapist’s behavior and conduct, teaching and learning, and evidence based practice. This comprehensive text will provide a valuable resource throughout the physical therapist assistant’s education and training throughout the entire duration of the PTA program.

New to Second Edition:

  • Distinctive description of physical therapy developments from its Formative Years (1914-1920) to the APTA’s “Vision and Application of Scientific Pursuit” of today
  • PTA’s usage of the APTA’s “Guide to Physical Therapist Practice”
  • Differences between physical therapy and medical diagnosis
  • Contemporary clinical trends regarding wellness, health promotion and disease prevention

Instructor Resources: Transition Guide, PowerPoint Slides and TestBank


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