On Friday, May 4, 2018, Mesa College awarded 19 Physical Therapy Assistant students
a certificate of completion and a pin at the annual PTA Program Completion Ceremony.
Special recognition was given to select students for the following awards: Academic
Excellence – all A’s in program courses – to Kelly Gearheart, Aimee Hostetter, and
Kevin Wyne, Student Excellence in APTA Advocacy to Aimee Hostetter, and Student Excellence
in Clinical Education to Shavel Yang. Two graduates were also awarded the Intercollegiate
Academic Clinical Coordinators Council (IACCC) Scholarship: Aimee Hostetter and Shavel
Yang, both receiving $1500.
Awardee Aimee Hostetter also won the invidual PTA Student Category award of the California
Outreach Challenge, with Mesa’s overall program winning the competition between other
PTA Programs in California. The California Outreach Challenge exists to challenge
students and PTA Programs in California to see who can log the most volunteer hours
in their community while promoting the field of physical therapy. Program Director
of Physical Therapist Assistant Program Amanda Johnston shared, “The students did
a great job raising funds for the ceremony and are giving back to the program by donating
funds to the two available PTA Program Scholarships and also supplies for the lab.”
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepares the student for employment as a
physical therapist assistant. The physical therapist assistant, working under the
supervision of a registered physical therapist, assists in the provision of physical
therapy services, such as electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, thermotherapy, massage, therapeutic
exercise and rehabilitation activities.
The PTA Program is just one great example of the Career Education (CTE) opportunities
that Mesa College offers for its students and their ambitious goals of success in
For more information about Mesa’s PTA Program, please contact Program Director Amanda
Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the PTA Program page online. To learn more about Mesa’s Career Education (CTE) opportunities, please visit our Career Education page online.
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