For Faculty

Dear PTA Educators,

For over 30 years educators have chosen TherapyEd to help their students prepare for and succeed on the National Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Exam. Program and student success are interdependent and both are measured by the yardstick of the NPTE. The better students are prepared, the better they perform on the exam, and the better the students from a school do, the better the school’s evaluations and passing rates are. This inter-relationship between the success of students and the evaluation of a school has guided TherapyEd from the beginning as we have developed tools and resources to help students prepare for and pass the licensure exam. 

TherapyEd’s Path to Success gives educational programs a proven way to better prepare students for the exam. That is why year after year more than 99% of the students who take our course say they would recommend it to others. The Path to Success offers a comprehensive set of tools to help students succeed, including:

  • The PTA Exam Prep course,
  • TherapyEd’s National PTA Licensure Exam Review and Study Guide,
  • FREE Online Office Hours offered live with a TherapyEd Instructor,
  • New PTA online assessment exam with program assessment data,
  • TherapyEd’s new NPTE mobile app.

To support educators in their own teaching we also offer a yearly webinar, led by Dr Kari Inda, on “The Art and Science of Item Writing for High Stake Exams.” With our extensive resources, exceptional instructors and years of proven success, we’re the company with the knowledge, experience, and expertise to prepare students to pass the NPTAE with confidence.

Our Instructors

At the heart of TherapyEd’s efforts to help students pass their exam are the Instructors and Authors who teach the courses and develop our teaching materials. Our instructors are experienced leaders in the profession and include Program Directors, Fieldwork Coordinators, Researchers, and Practitioners. All are dedicated to helping students succeed on the exam. Our authors and instructors include:

  • Scott W. Shaffer, PT, PhD, ECS
  • Vince Lepak PT, DPT, MPH
  • Raymond Siegelman PT, DPT, MS
  • Thomas G. Sutlive PT, PhD
  • Susan O’Sullivan, PT, EdD
  • Steven G. Lesh, PT, PhD, AT Ret.
  • Michele Avery, PTA, MS
  • Angela Heaton, PT, MSEd
  • Jane S Baldwin PT, DPT
  • Becky McKnight PT, MS
  • Tiffany Bohm PT, MPT, DPT
  • Cindy Brandehoff PTA, BS
  • Karen Ryan PTA

TherapyEd’s Path to Success

TherapyEd’s Path to Success gives students and programs targeted tools to focus study time, identify strengths and weaknesses, improve content comprehension, develop test-taking strategies, and ensure exam success.

TherapyEd’s PTA Exam Prep Class creates a social learning atmosphere that is individual, responsive, immediate, and dynamic. Our expert instructors motivate students to prepare for the exam and provide the appropriate tools and resources to implement a successful study plan.

  • Create an efficient and effective study plan,
  • Learn how to analyze challenging practice questions,
  • Assess individual strengths and weaknesses,
  • Demonstrate improved critical reasoning and confidence on the NPTAE,
  • Course Manual offering targeted content review, additional practice questions, study tips, test taking strategies, and self-assessment guides.

TherapyEd’s O’Sullivan & Siegelman National PTA Licensure Exam Review & Study Guide edited by Karen Ryan.

The TherapyEd National PTA Licensure Exam Review & Study Guide is the most respected, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide available.

  • #1 best-selling Exam Prep book for the exam,
  • Completely updated for the current exam blueprint,
  • Includes 3 complete practice exams with 450 rigorous Multiple Choice test items,
  • Detailed rationales for all answers, including critical reasoning rationales,
  • Detailed Score Reports to identify problem areas, guide studying, and prioritize your study plan.

Free Online Office Hours: Moderated every other week by an experienced TherapyEd instructor, our Online Office Hours give students a way to extend their studying and get extra help. Every other Tuesday students log-in, ask questions, and get personalized help while also learning from other students’ questions. The sessions include a short, focused content review of an important exam topic followed by discussion of test-taking strategies and an open question and answer session.

Coming Soon: TherapyEd’s PTA Online Assessment Exam: Designed to determine student readiness to take the licensure exam, the PTA Assessment exam measures student knowledge by content area, domain of knowledge, and critical reasoning skill. It is mapped to the current NPTE domains to help program directors better identify how students perform by domain and if there are any weak areas needing to be addressed ahead of sitting for the actual exam. The exam covers a broad range of PTA practice settings and diagnoses, including screening, evaluation, intervention planning, intervention management, and discharge. Program Directors can use this information on student cohort performance to inform their curriculum and determine if enhancements may be helpful to better prepare students for the licensure exam.