In October, Turner was inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers at the annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. It’s an honor that she shared with only two other individuals nationwide. An item writer is someone who develops exam questions for the National Physical Therapy Examinations (NPTE), which students must pass to obtain a license to practice. Turner is currently serving a three-year term on the Item Bank Review Committee with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), which is responsible for assuring that item content is relevant for entry-level practice and to determine whether items are appropriate for inclusion in the NPTE item bank.
“Serving as an item writer for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy has been a privilege,” said Turner. “As an item writer, I now have a better understanding of the development of the National Physical Therapy Exam, the content outline, and the importance of test security.”
Turner stated that the experience will help her prepare students for the licensure exam and entry-level practice. She will also have the opportunity to network with other professionals from diverse locations and practice settings.
The FSBPT accepts people into the academy who have developed 60 items which were approved and entered into the item bank, attended at least one beginning item writing workshop, and fulfilled content assignments during these workshops. They must also be recommended by an Item Writer Coordinator. Turner will serve for three years in this capacity.
“Shannon Turner is one of the most energetic, enthusiastic, and organized instructors I know,” said Kathy Buntin, Associate Dean of Health Sciences. “Students in the Physical Therapist Assistant program are fortunate to have someone who cares so deeply for their success, both as students and as graduates entering a healthcare profession.”
In addition to instructor and item writer duties, Turner is working on a Bachelor of Science, Management of Technology degree through Athens State University.