The Future of PTA Education and Physical Therapy Practice: PTA Education Summit

The APTA Academy of Education is conducting a Summit on the future of PTA education. The summit will address current challenges in PTA education, with the goal of formulating prioritized recommendations for future work that will prepare PTAs to better meet the demands of contemporary physical therapy thus strengthening the PT/PTA team.

If you or someone in your program or organization can provide informed input to this critical dialog, we urge participation. Detailed information on participant expectations and qualifications for this multiphase Summit can be found at our Summit website. Broad and diverse representation will lead to Summit outcomes that can influence PTA scope of work and, potentially, the elements of physical therapist practice that PTAs support.

Please consider participation after visiting the Summit website - as well as forwarding this information to your colleagues whose experience and viewpoints can inform and influence these efforts.  Thank you in advance for your consideration and any assistance you can provide.  

Pamela K. Levangie


APTA Academy of Education


PTA Education SIG Call for Webinar Presentation Proposals

Over the last year, the PTAE SIG webinar series provided an opportunity for PTA educators across the country to share their knowledge and expertise during a time when connection was more important than ever. The webinar series was a huge success and is continuing to grow and evolve. This coming year, we are now putting out a call for webinar presentations that will continue to allow for ongoing connection, sharing, and professional growth. Presenting at a PTAE SIG Webinar is a great way to present in a safe, non-intimidating form and can be an excellent stepping stone along a journey towards a submission or presentation at larger conferences.

The webinar committee is now seeking submissions for the 2021-2022 academic year. Presentations should cover topics applicable to PTA Education but can have an education or clinical focus. All presentations should be able to be presented in one hour in a Zoom format.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to present at the webinar series, please complete the presentation proposal form found here:

More information and all submission requirements are included on the proposal form. Once you have submitted your proposal, the committee will review your submission and contact you for follow-up.

We are currently looking for presentations for:

  • December 2021
  • Spring webinars (January-April 2021)

The proposal submission deadline for December 2021 and Spring 2022 webinars is September 1, 2021.

Make sure to mark your calendar for all upcoming dates for our 2021-2022 webinar series. All dates can be found here:

Webinars occur October-April on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00PM EST/6:00PM CS/5:00PM MST/4:00PM PST

We look forward to your submission and seeing you online!

Any questions regarding the webinar series can be sent to:


Cultivating the Habits at the Heart of Patient Care: Compassion, Vulnerability, & Imagination

The best clinicians know that caring well for patients requires more than technical skill. Yet, too often this “something more” is reduced to ideas about “soft skills” or “bedside manner.” As a result, qualities like empathy, vulnerability, and connection—that is, habits of the heart—are seen as extraneous to the “real” work of patient care. This talk aims to show how habits of the heart are not mere “add ons” to clinical care but are essential to the everyday practice of assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients—and asks us to consider whether and how these habits can be cultivated among current and future clinicians.

GRJ Forum Lecturer: Nicole Piemonte, PhD


Nicole Piemonte is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and a faculty member in the Department of Medical Humanities at Creighton University School of Medicine, Phoenix Regional Campus. She also holds the Peekie Nash Carpenter Endowed Chair in Medicine at Creighton University. Nicole received her PhD in Medical Humanities from The University of Texas Medical Branch where she studied continental philosophy, medical ethics, literature and medicine, and medical pedagogy. Her current teaching and research focus on incorporating the humanities into medical education in order to cultivate future physicians who are attuned to suffering, mortality, vulnerability, and social justice. Her first book, Afflicted: How Vulnerability Can Heal Medical Education and Practice, was published in January 2018 with The MIT Press, and her second book with The MIT Press, Death and Dying, will be released in September 2021.


Ignite talks:

  • Chad Jackson, PT, DPT, EdD – Director, Professional Practice Education, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio TX
  • Natalie Weeks O’Neal, PT, DPT – Program Director, PTA program, Pima Medical Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT – faculty and Editor in Chief, J Humanities in Rehab, Emory university, Atlanta, GA


  • Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FNAP, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • Bruce Greenfield, PT, PhD, FNAP, FAPTA, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Steven Chesbro, PT, DPT, EdD, FNAP,  Vice President of Education, APTA