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SCC PTA Program named "Most Successful PTA Program" by the Foundation for Physical Therapy

PTA Students Ellen Sam and Kyongho Pak accepting awards for most successful pta programThe Foundation for Physical Therapy has announced Somerset Community College’s (SCC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program as the recipient of the “Most Successful PTA Program” nationally for 2017.  The award is based upon the program’s commitment to fundraising efforts for physical therapy research through the Virginia Commonwealth University-Marquette Challenge, a national fundraising competition for physical therapy research.  More than 500 doctoral and associate-level programs are eligible to compete in the competition.  This year, SCC placed among the top 28 programs nationally, receiving an overall Honorable Mention in the competition, and was the top PTA Program.

“We are so proud of our students’ efforts in regards to community and professional involvement,” said program director Ron Meade.  “They understand the importance of research and evidence-based practice and we have been fortunate that they have accepted the challenges presented to them.  We are excited that the class of 2018 has already begun fundraising efforts for next year’s challenge.”    

The Foundation for Physical Therapy supports the physical therapy profession’s research needs in scientific research, clinical research and health services research.  Examples of projects funded through the Foundation include research related to stoke recovery, cerebral palsy and low-back pain.  More than 500 researchers have received grants totaling more than $12 million through the foundation.

Other institutions recognized in this year’s challenge include: Arcadia University; Boston University; Duke University; Emory University; Indiana University; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; Mercer University; Midwestern University; New York University; Northeastern University; Northwestern University; Regis University; Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; Sacred Heart University; The Ohio State University; University of Central Arkansas; University of Delaware; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Iowa; University of Colorado; University of Miami; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Pittsburgh; Virginia Commonwealth University; Washington University in Saint Louis; and Wingate University.

This is the ninth time the SCC PTA Program has received the Most Successful PTA Program recognition.  This year’s award was presented at the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Gala in Boston, Massachusetts.  To date, the SCC PTA Program has raised over $34,000 to aid in physical therapy research.

To find out more about the SCC PTA program, contact Meade at