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by O’Sullivan, Siegelman, & Ryan

The 6th edition PTA Review & Study Guide is now available! Up-to-date for the current exam with an advanced design for better comprehension and improved studying, the PTA Exam Review & Study Guide provides a comprehensive content review, 3 complete online practice exams, personalized feedback to determine individual strengths and weaknesses, and insightful Score Reports to guide your studying.

US $85.00


TherapyEd’s PTA Exam Review & Study Guide is the profession’s most respected and comprehensive guide for the NPTAE. Authors Susan O’Sullivan and Raymond Siegelman are distinguished educators with over 40 years of scholarship in the profession. Editor Karen Ryan has extensive experience as a PTA educator and leads a team of program directors, senior faculty members, board certified specialists, and experienced clinicians. This ensures students have the best and most accurate information about how to prepare for and pass the PTA Examination

About the Best-selling Guide

TherapyEd’s PTA Examination Review & Study Guide prepares students for all aspects of the NPTAE exam with a comprehensive review of physical therapy content, study and test-taking strategies, current licensure information, and three complete practice exams with 450 questions online. All the practice items are categorized according to the current Content Outline and challenge students to properly prepare for the breadth, depth and rigor of the PTA Exam.

Be Prepared for the NPTAE:

  • Dynamic full-color design
  • 450 practice questions
  • Comprehensive Content Review
  • New illustrations, figures and tables

Teaching Tools and Critical Reasoning Rationales:

For all 450 questions, the authors have created Teaching Tools that are unmatched for their level of knowledge, detail, and instruction. This highlighted section teaches students how to review and analyze challenging PTA-like items and includes complete explanations of correct and incorrect choices and critical reasoning rationales.

About the Authors:

Susan O’Sullivan, PT, EdD is Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and co-author of the foundational text, Physical Rehabilitation. She was an Instructor and Assistant Professor at Boston University and then an Associate Professor and Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, serving as department chair from 2002-2008. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Physical Therapy degrees, as well as her Ed.D. in Human Development (with a specialization in psychomotor development and motor learning), from Boston University.

She has co-authored several textbooks, most notably “Physical Rehabilitation,” which is the most widely used textbook by DPT programs and has been translated into five languages for world-wide distribution (Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese). She has also co-authored “Improving Functional Outcomes in Physical Rehabilitation” and the National Physical Therapy Examination Review and Study Guide. While at UMass Lowell, Dr. O’Sullivan taught neurological and geriatric physical therapy courses, receiving awards for her instructional abilities. Most notably, she was the 2012 recipient of the Excellence in Neurologic Education award from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Raymond Siegelman, PT, DPT, MS is President Emeritus of TherapyEd and served as President from the company’s founding in 1988. With Drs. Susan O’Sullivan, Scott Shaffer, and Thomas Sutlive he is co-author of the National Physical Therapy Examination Review & Study Guide. Dr. Siegelman received his physical therapy education at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City, Boston University and the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. He was a member of the faculty in the physical therapy programs at Boston University and then at Northeastern University for ten years. Between 1977 and 1988 he also practiced in the area of sports physical therapy. From 1982-1987, Dr. Siegelman was the Executive Director of the APTA of Massachusetts. He has also held the position of Chief Delegate, Delegate and Chairman of the Eastern District of the Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA. He has served on and chaired many committees at the district, chapter and national levels of the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2005, Dr. Siegelman received the Kessler Memorial Award from the APTA of Massachusetts.

Karen Ryan, PTA, is a PTA educator and Instructor and Editor of TherapyEd’s PTA Review & Study Guide. She has been a clinician in multiple practice areas for over 20 years and a PTA educator since 1995. Karen received her physical therapist assistant education and degree at St. Catherine’s College St. Mary’s Campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has worked in many practice settings throughout her career and is currently working as a physical therapist assistant and marketing director at a private practice, Back to Motion, in Denver Colorado. Throughout her career she has served in multiple elected and appointed positions for the APTA, Iowa and Colorado Chapters, and for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Chapters are consistent with current practice and PTA exam content areas including:

  • Standardized Testing Success
  • Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
  • Gait, Functional Devices and Training
  • Neuromuscular Physical Therapy
  • Integumentary Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Other Systems including GI, GU and Metabolic/Endocrine and Psychiatric Conditions
  • Therapeutic Exercise Foundations
  • Physical Agents
  • Cardiovascular Physical Therapy
  • Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Education
  • Administration

Purchase the Guide

TherapyEd’s PTA Examination Review & Study Guide is included with the price of the Physical Therapist Assistant preparatory course, or can be purchased separately for $85.00 plus shipping and handling.

PTA Examination
Review and Study Guide

O’Sullivan, Siegelman, & Ryan

Now Available!

TherapyEd’s PTA Review & Study Guide (6th edition) is now available! Completely up-to-date for the current exam and with an advanced design for better comprehension and improved studying, the PTA Exam Review & Study Guide provides a comprehensive content review, 3 complete online practice exams, personalized feedback to determine individual strengths and weaknesses, and insightful Score Reports to guide effective studying.

US $85.00