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Physical Therapist Assistant: Special Topics-PTA

Library research and resources for students in the Gateway PTA program.

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PTA Licensing in Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin Dept. of Safety & Professional Services has established the regulations (laws and codes) governing the definition, education, licensing, and practice of many professions in the state of Wisconsin.  Click here for the Physical Therapy & Physical Therapist Assistants - Code Book  to read the fulltext of Chapter 448.535 Licensure of physical therapist assistants and Chapter PT 5 - Physical Therapist Assistants and Physical Therapy Aides for the regulations and standards of professional conduct, licensing, education, and examination  procedures. 

APTA Vision Statement

Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession:

"Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

Career Information

Use these resources to explore careers in healthcare fields, with descriptions of the work, job trends, qualifications, and projected earnings.

Cultural Awareness

Use these online resources to find material on transcultural healthcare.

Health Information Privacy

The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information; the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information; and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, which protect identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety.  Learn more about these federal laws at the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services website


Workplace Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor that publishes and enforces regulations to protect healthcare workers from occupational injuries and hazards including: bloodborne pathogens, radiation, slips and falls, musculoskeletal disorders, workplace violence, hazardous drugs and chemicals, and infections.Follow links below to OSHA standards for hospitals and nursing homes.

OBRA (Omnibus Budget  Reconciliation Act of 1987 or simply OBRA ‘87) is formally known as the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act.  This federal legislation created a set of national minimum standards of care and rights for people living in certified nursing facilities.  See link below for a summary of the residents' rights provided under the law.