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Dreeben-Irimia's Introduction to Physical Therapist Practice for Physical Therapist Assistants, Third Edition

Author(s): Christina M. Barrett, PT, MEd, Program Director, Lake Area Technical Institute
  • ISBN-13: 9781449681852
  • Paperback    232 pages      © 2017
Price: $79.95 US List
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The Third Edition of this best-selling text, written specifically for PTAs, will help instructors introduce students to information regarding professionalism, professional roles, interpersonal communication, physical therapist’s behavior and conduct, teaching and learning, and evidence based practice. This comprehensive text will provide a valuable resource throughout the physical therapist assistant’s education and training throughout the entire duration of the PTA program.


  • NEW! Full-color design and layout
  • NEW! Chapters on Student Learning and Student Career Paths/Opportunities
  • NEW! Discussion Questions for each Chapter
  • NEW! Learning Opportunities, which are additional Project Assignments for each Chapter
  • Revised content, up-to-date with release of APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice 3.0, Defensible Documentation, CMS Strategic Plan, the Affordable Care Act, HITECH Act, and other changes


  • Preferred Practice Patterns
  • Networking
  • Confronting Ethical Dilemmas
  • Value-Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Duty
  • Minimal Skills for PTAs
  • PT/PTA collaboration
  • Responsibility
  • Integrity in Practice
  • Elder Abuse
  • Harassment
  • Effective Questioning Strategies
  • Written Communication to Healthcare Professionals or Payer Sources”
  • Standardized Titles and Names Used In Physical Therapy
  • Barriers to Learning
  • Private Insurance
  • Tricare and the Veterans Health Administration System
  • Definitions of other discipline and discussion of Interprofessional Education


  • Clinical Lab Scenarios
  • Image Bank
  • Slides in PowerPoint format
  • Additional Practice Activities
  • Test Bank
  • Transition Guide


  • Hippocratic Oath
  • Patient’s Bill of Rights
  • American Physical Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics for Physical Therapists
  • American Physical Therapy Association’s Standards of Ethical Conduct for Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Problem Solving Algorithm Utilized by PTAs in Patient/Client Intervention

Applicable Courses

Introduction to Physical Therapy for Physical Therapy Assistants
Intro to Physical Therapy
Topics in Physical Therapy
Fundamentals of Physical Therapist Assistant
Foundations of Physical Therapy

Part  I  The Profession of Physical Therapy
  Chapter  1  Development of the Physical Therapist Profession
  Chapter  2  The Physical Therapist Assistant as a Member of the Health Care Team
  Chapter  3  Physical Therapist Clinical Practice
Part  II  Physical Therapist Practice
  Chapter  4  Examination, Evaluation and Plan of Care
  Chapter  5  Practice Areas
Part  III  Ethical and Legal Issues
  Chapter  6  Ethics and Professionalism
  Chapter  7  Laws and Regulations
Part  IV  Communication
  Chapter  8  Communication Basics
  Chapter  9  Introduction to Documentation and the Medical Record
  Chapter  10  Healthcare Education
  Chapter  11  Reimbursement and Research
Part  V  Pathways to Success
  Chapter  12  Student Learning Success
  Chapter  13  Leadership and Career Paths

Christina M. Barrett, PT, MEd-Program Director, Lake Area Technical Institute

Christina M. Barrett, PT, MEd, serves as the Program Director for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lake Area Technical Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Education degree from the University of Phoenix. Previously, she practiced physical therapy in the areas of acute care, pediatrics, geriatrics, and outpatient services. Chris has a special interest in of women’s health issues, wound care, and orthopedic disorders.

  • "This is a well-organized textbook with updates consistent with the changes within the profession. The updates include recent changes in APTA HOD Legislation, changes with Direct Access, Health Care Reform, Medicare caps, and changes in the APTA Vision. The strengths of this edition include: Great historical information on the development of the profession and the PTA, and additional review questions at the end of each chapter to assist with student in studying the material from the chapter."

    ~ Charlene S. Jensen, PT, DPT, Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Riverside College of Health Careers

  • "[I] like the addition of review and discussion questions to end each chapter.  The review questions are a nice mix of basic definitions and application. I applaud the changes the author is making, especially the re-organization and addition of the Professional Development content of Chapter 5 - Practice Areas.  That was the one thing missing in another text, and I like your text better."

    ~ Debbie Van Dover, PT, MEd, Program Director Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Mt. Hood Community College

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781449681852

Case Studies
Chapter Quizzes
Image Bank
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank
Transition Guide

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