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SCC Physical Therapist Assistant Students Earn 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Exam

Published on Oct 31, 2017

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Above: Members of the SCC PTA Program Class of 2017 achieved a 100% first-attempt pass rate on the national board examination.  Members of the class are: Front row: Amber Thomas, McKee; Cierra Terry, Whitley City; Janel Northington, Lexington; Alisha Beaty, Pall Mall (TN); Tabitha Drury, Lexington; Ginny Thomas, Owingsville; Lindsay Bowen, Lexington; Back row: Taylor Wilson, Pineville; Valerie Simpson, Nancy; Ellen Sam, Lexington; Keith Dwyer, Lexington; Aaron Miller, Edmonton; Amber Emmert, Tompkinsville; Trey Sharpe, Lexington; Zack Smith, Glasgow; Brittany Adams, London; Emily Beeman, Lexington; and Leah Wright, Lexington.

Graduates of the Somerset Community College (SCC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program for 2017 have achieved a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on the national certification examination.

“This was a very strong class…a very bright group,” said program clinical coordinator Dr. Steve Hammons. “I anticipate this group will make a very positive impact upon their communities and the profession.”

This is the tenth year, out of the past eleven, that the entire class has passed the examination on their first-attempt.

Several of the 2017 graduates have been recognized locally, statewide and nationally. Leah Wright of Lexington was named the APTA Outstanding Student for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and was named the recipient of the Mary McMillan Scholarship Award. Lindsay Bowen of Lexington was named the APTA Orthopaedic Section’s Outstanding Student and was named the national Outstanding PTA Student Award recipient by the APTA’s Student Assembly. Both Wright and Bowen were also named to the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association’s All-Academic Team. Ellen Sam of Lexington was named the APTA National Minority Scholarship Award recipient.

Two graduates, Cierra Terry of Whitley City and Amber Thomas of McKee, completed the program with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

The class also participated in the winning effort in the 2017 Marquette Challenge, a national fundraiser for physical therapy research, with the program being named “Outstanding PTA Program” by the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

Several graduates plan to further their education by pursuing advanced degrees.

“We are beginning to see more students who ultimately wish to become physical therapists begin that journey here at SCC,” said program director Dr. Ron Meade. “Our PTA graduates have been admitted to doctoral programs at the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University and the University of Findlay in recent years and the PTA program helps to provide a strong foundation for that experience.”

2017 PTA Program graduates include: Brittany Adams, London; Alisha Beaty, Pall Mall (TN); Emily Beeman, Lexington; Lindsay Bowen, Lexington; Tabitha Drury, Lexington; Keith Dwyer, Lexington; Amber Emmert, Tompkinsville; Aaron Miller, Edmonton; Janel Northington, Lexington; Ellen Sam, Lexington; Trey Sharpe, Somerset; Valerie Simpson, Nancy; Zack Smith, Glasgow, Cierra Terry, Whitley City; Amber Thomas, McKee; Ginny Thomas, Owingsville; Taylor Wilson, Pineville; and Leah Wright, Lexington.

Individuals wishing to learn more about SCC’s PTA Program may contact the program’s director at