Physical Therapy Study Tips

//Physical Therapy Study Tips

Physical therapy study tips are not quite as abundant as study resources in other specialties. This can be a blessing and a curse. A blessing in the sense that you don’t have to waste time deciding which is the best physical therapy study resource for you. The curse, is that there really are not too many study resources available, so you have to take advantage of what you got! Here are the available resources.

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  1. National Physical Therapy Examination Review and Study Guide – A must have as soon as you get into PT school! This book is awesome, offering a comprehensive review of the major systems tested on.
  2. ScoreBuilders – The Complete Study Guide – Another excellent resource that covers all pertinent topics for the NPTE. For some, this may be a more visually appealing book compared to some others, as it gives several pictures and tables dispersed throughout the text.
  3. The Rehabilitation Specialist’s Handbook – An excellent evidence-based textbook. You will definitely use this in your clinical practice after you pass your exam.

  4. Orthopedic Physical Assessment– Yet, another staple book to help you pass your exam that you will use for the rest of your life. Definitely worth the price.

  5. Practice Exam & Assessment Tool (PEAT) – Some universities require you take an exit exam your third year based off an older version of the PEAT.   These questions were developed by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy to be one of the most accurate reflections of the NPTE.  One stipulation with the use of the PEAT is that you only have 60 days to access the content. Also, the PEAT is updated sparingly with the last update on the site stating June 2014.

  6. Modalities for Therapeutic Intervention – A good review/resource on therapeutic modalities that will benefit you both in PT school, NPTE preparation, and in clinical practice.

  7. Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation –  A comprehensive review of both O&P material.  I referred to this often during my NPTE studying.

  8. – OrthoBullets is one awesome site. Yes, it is orthopedics-based with tons of imaging, but there is tons of physical therapy musculoskeletal relevant material in a quick, easy to review format.

Useful App

Voice Dream is an awesome, highly recommended text-to-speech app for your iPhone or Android. There are many different male and female voices to choose from. Yes the voices do have a “robotic” accent, but are still clear enough to fully understand what is being read. This is a great app to help you listen to O’Sullivan or Giles, or other physical medicine and rehabilitation textbooks you prefer. Even better, the app is only a few dollars to buy. I hope that these physical therapy study tips are helpful and offer a bit of direction on the best ways to pass your  National Physical Therapy Exam or Self-Assessment Exams. If you have any others to share, please email me and I will post it! Good luck on this year’s Licensing  Exam!


About the Author:

Ashley Theobald, D.P.T. – Ashley was born and raised in a small town in Alabama. She attended the University of South Alabama and was an advanced undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-professional health sciences in 2012. She then graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2014. During her first year of PT school she met and married her husband, Ben. They moved to Nashville, TN where she worked for 3 years in an outpatient clinic full time and at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital PRN. She is now working for ATI Physical Therapy full-time in Greenville, SC. She has been an avid health and fitness fan playing softball growing up, tennis in high school, and completing 2 half-marathons in college. She enjoys traveling overseas and has completed 2 short-term medical mission trips for physical therapy in the Dominican Republic (2013) and Haiti (2015), with intentions of returning yearly.
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