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Fourteen Graduate as Physical Therapist Assistants

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Fourteen students graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Surry Community College this spring.

Graduates include: Caleb Cockerham, Bailey Culler, Bailey Moser, and Derick Mauck of Mount Airy; Dylan Potts of Elkin; Justin Burke of Siloam; Erin Teague of Lexington; Stephanie Hakspiel of Winston-Salem; Tara Cooper of Hamptonville; Michael Scott of Yadkinville; Tanner Midkiff of Madison; Joshua Blackburn of Roaring River; Kevin Garcia of Asheboro; and Dylana Harrington of Hobgood.

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the supervision of physical therapists. Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.

Course work includes anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathophysiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment for a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the life span.

Graduates may be eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the N.C. Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Employment is available in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, specialty hospitals, home health agencies, private clinics, and public school systems.

Admission to the PTA program is a competitive process as only 16 students are admitted each fall semester. Students must complete the application process by May 31, before the fall semester for which they are applying.

Interested students should contact Eileen Coleman, PT, DPT, Surry's PTA Program Director, at (336) 386-3513 or colemanei@surry.edu. You can also follow the program on Facebook @SurryCCPTA or go to the college's website, www.surry.edu, for more information.

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