May 7, 2018

Physical Therapy Assistant Program and Graduates Win the California Outreach Challenge, and Celebrate with Pinning and Completion Ceremony

By Office of Communications

PTA Group Photo

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.”pta pinning

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 their careers.

For more information about Mesa’s PTA Program, please contact Program Director Amanda Johnston at or visit the PTA Program page online. To learn more about Mesa’s Career Education (CTE) opportunities, please visit our Career Education page online.

Tags: PTA Program, Academic Excellence, Physical Therapy Assistant Students, CTE, PTA Students, Career Education, Physical Therapy Assistant Program, California Outreach Challenge, IACCC Scholarship, Student Excellence in Clinical Education, APTA Advocacy

Additional Information


Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
(619) 388-2759