Every five years, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) performs a practice analysis for physical therapists (PT) and physical therapist assistants (PTA) to examine if current practice trends have changed and update the licensure examination. A part of this process is the creation of a standards setting taskforce that reviews the requirements for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) – PTA licensure examination. Terra State Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program Chair and Director of Clinical Education Bruce Wassung received the honor of serving on this taskforce.
To serve on the taskforce, members must be nominated. Wassung’s credentials and experience caught the eye of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) PTA special interest group chairperson Katherine Giffin. She inquired if Wassung would be interested in a nomination. Of course, he said yes.
Wassung traveled to Alexandria, Virginia the first week of June to participate in the standard setting workshop. While there, he worked with colleagues to review the current entry-level requirements for PTA’s, took a practice test to evaluate their own performance on the current requirements and provided expertise and engaged in the process to establish the minimal level of performance on the NPTE required for safe and effective patient care for the next five years.
“It was a very rewarding experience,” Wassung says of his participation in the workshop. “It gave me a lot more insight into the framework of the exam and the processes by which FSBPT maintains such high standards of practice for our profession.”