CTC Physical Therapist Assistant Students Get Middle Schoolers Active

(Dallas, Ga. – May 16, 2013) Three of Chattahoochee Technical College’s Physical Therapist Assistant students recently visited with 6-8 graders at Moses Middle School in Paulding County. Coordinating three 45-minute sessions, the CTC students focused on getting active and promoting physical activity.

“Right now 11-14 year olds spend way too much time in front of a screen,” said Physical Therapist Assistant Program Instructor and Clinical Coordinator Christine Miller. “Our sessions discussed healthy exercise habits and promoted physical fitness and outdoor activities.”

The CTC students presented fitness tips, types of exercise, benefits of exercise, safety, the difference between flexibility, endurance and strength exercises and overcoming barriers to being physically active. Chattahoochee Technical College students Caleb Eaves of Bremen, Sara Lipp of Woodstock and Amy Middleton of Kennesaw split the topics to discuss and answered questions from the students. Additionally, they provided handouts about parks and facilities close to the school that offer walking and biking trails, volleyball courts, swimming pools and picnic areas.

“The middle school kids really loved asking questions and sharing some of their challenges with the PTA students,” said Miller. “I’m not sure who got the most out of this experience, our students or theirs.”

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a sequence of courses that prepares students to work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists during the provision of physical therapy services. The program includes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction.  Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for a state administered national licensure examination for physical therapist assistants. The program is only one of four in the state and is offered at the North Metro Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College. After prerequisites and admission, the program includes four semesters of occupational classes.