DOBSON — Eleven students recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree program.
The graduates are: Ginny Brasfield of King, Daniel Hall of Mount Airy, Jim Hollett of Winston-Salem, Christina Kelly of Mount Airy, Katie Martin of Ararat, Va., Corey Norman of East Bend, Bryan Richardson of Winston Salem, Laura Rooks of Lowgap, Anthony Sexton of Mount Airy, Tommie Stanley of Mount Airy, and Sarah Wilson of Winston Salem.
SCC’s competitive Physical Therapist Assistant program 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.
Upon completion of the degree program, graduates are eligible to take the licensure exam administered by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; of the recent graduates, there is a 100 percent pass rate for first-time test takers. Their 100 percent exceeds the passing rate average of 86 percent of the United States Accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Programs.
Graduates of Surry’s PTA program can seek employment in a variety settings including general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, outpatient clinics, and public schools. Five of the program’s recent graduates have already acquired full-time employment as licensed physical therapist assistants.
Surry’s 2016 PTA cohort celebrated not only by attending the recent SCC Commencement Ceremony, but by holding a pinning ceremony and cookout at Fisher River Park in Dobson to share their accomplishment with family and friends.
For more information on Surry’s Physical Therapist Assistant program, visit www.surry.edu or contact the program’s director, Eileen Coleman at 336-386-3513 or [email protected] You can also follow the program at facebook.com/SurryCCPTA.