Nash Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program hosted Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students and faculty from East Carolina University on Thursday, June 27 for a patient-centered case scenario discussion. The event was held as part of a research project studying the effects of intraprofessional case simulation between prelicensure PTAs and DPTs.
The two programs collaborate throughout the year to help prepare students for work in the field as intraprofessional teams. NCC faculty engage the doctoral students through information sessions educating them on the roles and responsibilities of PTAs. Additionally, the programs hold joint panel discussions with guest clinicians from the community.
Nash Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the supervision of physical therapists. Following completion of the program, NCC PTA graduates may take the licensure examination administered by the NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
The NCC PTA program requires students to complete a program application separate from the College’s application. Applications are accepted September 1 – May 20 for possible acceptance into the subsequent fall semester.
Approximately 50 second-year PTA and DPT students participated in Thursday’s activity.