PT and PTA Clubs
The Physical Therapy (PT) Club was formed to meet the needs of students in the field of physical therapy through identification, coordinated action, communication and fellowship, and to contribute in an organized manner to the improvement and development of education in the field of physical therapy.
Club membership is currently open to undergraduate students who plan to pursue physical therapy, and students enrolled in the DPT program. Club activities include guest speakers, social events, fundraisers, and community awareness projects. The faculty advisor to the PT Club is Professor Kyle Kiesel. The PT Club requires that members are involved in two club activities and attend a minimum of two meetings each semester. Dues are $5.00 per semester.
The club has been involved in selling coupon booklets to raise money for Easter Seals, escorting the retired residents of Holiday Village during their fall festival, serving food at the Ronald McDonald House, and helping out the community during Make a Difference Day.
Club members have also planned a continuing education course to raise funds for the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. For the last two years the club achieved Honorable Mention status for their fund raising efforts, which are used to fund physical therapy research.
Other activities the club members are involved in is a mentoring program for Pre-PT students and an afternoon tutoring program.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Club has evolved to focus on goals that promote education, professional development, community outreach, disability awareness, mentorship, and fundraising. PTA students have opportunities to serve in leadership and/or teamwork roles through committees that meet the club goals.
Club membership is only open to students enrolled in the UE Physical Therapist Assistant program. Membership is defined by involvement in at least one committee and dues of $5.
At the monthly meetings, a scholarly journal article is presented by the education committee and is discussed by members in attendance. Also, the club has initiated a mentorship program to aid incoming students by pairing them with a second-year student to assist them academically, professionally, and personally throughout the semester.
The PTA Club has been involved in several activities to promote the profession such as: hosting a clothing drive for homeless individuals, participating in raising funds for Marquette Challenge, hosting a disability awareness event through an ultimate frisbee game, and organizing a résumé building presentation and mock-interviews by community physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in order to promote professional development.
The PTA Club has collaborated with the physical therapy (PT) students by participating in each other’s events. The partnership allowed PTA and PT students to initiate development of professional relationships in preparation for collaboration in the physical therapy field.