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PTA - On-Campus Review Course

Completing this course will give you the ability to:

  • Improve decision making skills when considering good, better, and best answers
  • Identify current strengths and weaknesses by answering challenging multiple-choice questions
  • Design a comprehensive study plan based on the latest exam information
  • Develop strategies to maximize the effectiveness of study sessions
  • Utilize quantitative and qualitative measures to determine readiness to take the exam
  • Demonstrate increased motivation and confidence to pass the exam on the first attempt

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Our review course provides students with the most personal, effective and efficient method to maximize performance on the National Physical Therapy Examination - PTA. Our course introduces students to challenging multiple-choice questions, recent examination trends, a myriad of study tools, and resources designed to increase mastery of essential examination content. The course emphasizes active learning activities under the direction of experienced course instructors. A formal course manual is included as part of the review course. Our pricing structure does not fluctuate based on the number of participants and instead relies on a fixed fee schedule. Refer to our Review Course Pricing to determine just how affordable our course can be. Take the next step toward achieving your career goals; organize a review course today!

The two-day course focuses on answering challenging multiple-choice questions, identifying strengths and weaknesses, discussing the most recent examination trends, and creating a comprehensive study plan. In addition, students will be led through a modified academic review. The academic review incorporates sample activities using multiple-choice questions in distinct areas of clinical practice: musculoskeletal system, neuromuscular system, cardiopulmonary system, other systems, equipment and devices, therapeutic modalities, safety and protection, professional responsibilities, and research. By engaging in the sample activities students are able to identify strengths and weaknesses and develop effective remedial strategies prior to the actual examination.

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HOST AN ON-CAMPUS REVIEW COURSE
Would your school like to host a review course on campus that is both affordable and effective? Our two-day interactive courses provide students with the opportunity to enhance their performance on the National Physical Therapy Examination - PTA. Our review courses give students a chance to assess their current strengths and weaknesses by answering sample examination questions and assist them to develop a comprehensive study plan for the National Physical Therapy Examination - PTA. This powerful one-two combination allows students to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their study sessions and translates into higher examination scores.

Scorebuilders offered 240 review courses at academic institutions throughout the United States in 2017 and has experienced 27 consecutive years of growth. Our steady growth and large list of repeat customers, including some of the most respected academic programs in the country, is a testimony to the success of our courses and explains why we are the largest provider of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant review courses in the United States.

Following completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify current strengths and weaknesses by answering challenging multiple-choice questions.

  • Use improved decision-making skills when answering multiple-choice questions with good, better, and best options.

  • Design and implement a comprehensive study plan based on the latest information available from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

  • Examine the intricacies of computer-based testing.

  • Utilize innovative individual and group study tools to enhance the efficiency of study sessions and maximize applied learning opportunities.

  • Develop strategies to maximize the effectiveness of study sessions.

  • Utilize quantitative and qualitative measures to determine readiness to take the National Physical Therapy Examination - PTA.

  • Demonstrate increased motivation and confidence in their ability to pass the examination on the first attempt.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to get a head start on your preparation for the National Physical Therapy Examination - PTA! If you are interested in hosting a review course for your classmates or students, please call us at 1-207-885-0304.

ON-CAMPUS REVIEW COURSE SCHEDULE

DAY ONE:

Examination Construction, Development, and Scoring
Information related to examination construction, development, and scoring is discussed. Current examination passing rates including the first time passing rate and the ultimate pass rate are identified.

Task Approach Analysis and Exercise
Students are exposed to a formal process for answering multiple-choice questions that can significantly reduce test taking mistakes. A sample exercise using clinically-oriented questions provides students with the opportunity to assess their own tendencies when examining challenging multiple-choice questions. Specific test strategies pertaining to computer-based testing are discussed.

Academic, Decision Making, and Test Taking Mistakes
Students learn how to identify and differentiate between various types of examination mistakes (academic, decision making, test taking). Students are oriented to a performance analysis grid that is used to track examination mistakes throughout the remainder of the course. A sample exercise provides students with an opportunity to analyze clinically-oriented questions and utilize the performance analysis grid. Specific remedial strategies are discussed to address each of the various categories of examination mistakes.

Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Study Plan
Students are oriented to a sample study plan that can be used to prepare for the National Physical Therapy Examination - PTA. The study plan consists of four major components: Academic Review, Clinical Application Templates, Content Outline, Sample Examinations. Detailed information on each of the components is provided in order to assist students to develop a personalized and efficient study plan.

Sample Examinations
Students learn to assess their preparedness for the examination through sample examinations. Specific scoring targets are established using several commonly utilized examination resources. Students gain insight on how to refine their academic knowledge, decision making, and test taking mistakes using sample examination questions that are similar in design and format to actual examination questions.

Academic Review
Students are presented with several formal methods to review relevant academic content using active and passive learning strategies. A combination of active and passive strategies facilitates student mastery and allows students to gain greater breadth and depth in relevant systems and non-systems areas.

Clinical Application Templates
Clinical application templates allow students to explore the patient/client management of a wide variety of medical conditions commonly encountered on the examination. A tiered system (i.e., Gold, Silver, Bronze) helps students prioritize the relative importance of various clinical conditions and increases the return on investment from dedicated study time. By utilizing the clinical application templates students broaden their experience base and as a result are better prepared to answer applied examination questions.

Content Outline Exercise
Students are introduced to the content outline of the examination by taking a sample exercise that consists of representative sample multiple choice questions from each of the five content outline categories.

DAY TWO:

Content Outline
The content outline provides a detailed analysis of the content areas of the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination. A thorough understanding of each of the content areas and the corresponding categories and subcategories streamline a candidate's preparation. Students are oriented to an active study tool using the final work activities of the content outline. The study tool serves as a valuable late review and assists students to focus on essential examination information prior to the actual examination.

Implementing a Comprehensive Study Plan
Students are taught how to integrate each of the components of the comprehensive study plan (i.e., Academic Review, Clinical Application Templates, Content Outline, Sample Examinations). Several sample study schedules are presented which provide students with the necessary structure to make consistent, meaningful progress in scheduled study sessions. Students learn to use self-assessment as a mechanism to make necessary changes to their study plan based on interpreting their performance on sample examinations. By customizing the study plan in this manner students are able to accelerate their rate of progress and increase their scores on sample examinations.

Sample Examination Questions
Students are required to answer sample examination questions representing the full scope of physical therapist assistant practice in order to be successful on the actual examination. A sample exercise provides students with the opportunity to review relevant academic content and to improve their ability to select good, better, and best options on challenging sample examination questions in selected system and non-system areas. By analyzing performance in each of the areas students are able to assess strengths and weaknesses and build on many of the concepts presented earlier in the course.

System Questions
Students have the opportunity to focus on answering sample examination questions in each of the four system areas: Musculoskeletal; Neuromuscular and Nervous; Cardiovascular/Pulmonary and Lymphatic; and Other Systems (i.e., Integumentary, Metabolic and Endocrine, Genitourinary, Gastrointestinal, System Interactions).

Non-System Questions
Students have the opportunity to focus on answering sample examination questions in each of the two non-system areas: Equipment and Devices, Therapeutic Modalities; and Safety and Protection, Professional Responsibilities, Research.

You Make the Call
Students are exposed to actual emails from students questioning their readiness to take the examination. By analyzing the information quantitatively and qualitatively, students gain a better appreciation of how to determine their individual readiness for the examination.

Conclusion and Course Evaluation!

Meet Our Team of Course Instructors!

Meet Our Course Instructors


Dr. Scott Giles headlines our team of gifted course instructors. Click the Meet Our Instructors button to view bios of all of our course instructors.

Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA

Dr. Giles is the founder and President of Scorebuilders. He has authored numerous best selling review books and has presented on licensure preparation throughout the United States and internationally for nearly three decades. Dr. Giles has taught over 500 review courses and assisted over 10,000 PT and PTA students to pass the examination.

Dr. Giles received his Masters in Physical Therapy from Springfield College and his Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Simmons College. He received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Giles served as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England for 15 years.

Dr. Giles has disseminated research related to the licensing examination at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference and Exposition, and the American Association of Higher Education's Conference on Assessment Quality. He is the former Chair of the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education and a former Credentialed Trainer for the APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program. He served on the APTA Committee charged with revising the Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument (PT CPI): Version 2006.

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