Unit 1 - Introduction to the National Physical Therapy Assistant Examination
The unit provides candidates with information on the purpose, development, scoring, and administration of the NPTE-PTA. Candidates are introduced to a systematic approach to answering multiple-choice questions and are exposed to recent developments in item construction. The unit also provides a detailed analysis of each of the content outline and system specific areas of the NPTE-PTA. By exploring the categories and subcategories of each of the content outline and system specific areas, candidates gain a better understanding of the breadth and depth of the current examination and as a result spend less time covering topics that are not clinically relevant. The unit offers a variety of study concepts that candidates can utilize to increase the effectiveness of study sessions.
Unit 2 - Academic Review
The unit provides candidates with an efficient method to review didactic information from a physical therapist assistant curriculum. The academic review consists of eight distinct chapters of academic information. The first six chapters consist of academic content in specific systems (e.g., musculoskeletal) and non-systems (e.g., equipment, devices, and technologies) areas. Each chapter includes a description of the physical therapy management of commonly encountered medical diagnoses on the NPTE-PTA. The academic review avoids attempting to cover every aspect of a physical therapist assistant’s academic training and instead focuses on the most essential information necessary to maximize examination performance. Since the examination is designed to assess entry-level practice, it is likely that candidates will encounter the information presented in the academic review frequently on the actual examination. Mastery of this information can significantly increase candidates’ scores on the NPTE-PTA.
Unit 3 - Examinations
The unit includes an answer key for the three, 150 question sample examinations located on our eLearning site Insight. Candidates have the option of selecting a full-length examination or creating a custom examination. The examinations were developed based on selected specifications from the current content outline and are designed to expose candidates to the nuances of computer-based testing. Candidates are able to generate a detailed performance analysis summary that identifies current strengths and weaknesses according to system specific and content outline areas. The answer key includes an explanation specifying why the correct answer is correct and an explanation specifying why each incorrect answer is incorrect. The answer key also includes a cited resource with page number, academic focus area, level analysis, and the assigned system specific and content outline areas. The examinations provide candidates with the opportunity to refine test taking skills and assess current preparedness for the examination.