It’s an annual event when the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) students take advantage of October being Physical Therapy Month and give the College community a flavor on what the program has to offer. So on October 29, the students set up their equipment on the 2nd Floor Forum and invited everyone to learn more about the program.
The students set up stations to check agility, balance and jumping, as well as checking blood pressure and other vitals.
“It’s ideal for people to be aware of just what the PTA program is all about,” said PTA Club Treasurer Sandra Carolan, between putting students and staff through their paces. “A lot of people don’t know all the career options and other opportunities associated with physical therapy,” she said. “We can also talk to them about that.” She was joined at that station by classmate Judith Acorlor.
Ryan Dredger, PTA Club vice president, said there were a steady stream of 25 to 30 students per hour, as many paused to look between classes. “We’re also helping them relieve their stress, especially if they have a test next class.”
PTA Club President Steve Rullis said that physical therapy is not only about getting stronger after an accident or surgery, for example. “Rather, we want people to understand the important of conditioning, and overall health and wellness.”
The Associate in Applied Science PTA program, offered through the College’s Division of Health Sciences, is led by Coordinator Dr. Christine Stutz-Doyle. Faculty members are Thomas Donofrio and Kenneth Mailly.