The PTA Educators SIG serves as the advocate and expert resource for the education and role of the PTA. Members provide leadership, mentorship and expertise in teaching and learning to support all persons concerned with education that ensures PTAs are prepared for contemporary practice.

  • Provide means to increase and improve communication among physical therapist assistant educators.
  • Facilitate and increase opportunities for PTA faculty development and mentoring.
  • Facilitate and improve mentoring opportunities for all persons involved in the education of physical therapist assistants.
  • Advocate for the role of the PTA as the extender of care for the physical therapist within the profession of physical therapy.
  • Promote existing and create additional opportunities for PTA Educator representation in leadership roles at the national level.
  • Communicate and collaborate with physical therapist program educators.
  • Create and promote ways for the PTAE SIG to impact the APTA Academy of Education’s participation and responses to issues related (but not limited) to the education, scope of work, supervision and direction of the PTA at the national level.
  • Serve as a resource body with any/all inquiries related to the education and/or utilization of the physical therapist assistant.

Due to the overwhelming demand of our APTA Academy of Education Physical Therapist Assistant Educators Special Interest Group recent webinar series, we're offering a series of webinars for our physical therapy faculty with CEU credit.

Our first webinar will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 7:00 PM EST to 8:00 PM EST. Michael Wong, PT will present Simulations, case studies and digital apps for deep learning.

Level of Audience: Intermediate,

Target Audience: PT/PTA/Academic

After completing this course you will be able to:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Brief review of literature related to Simulations in medicine
  2. Use of digital apps to march up the pyramid! (Bloom's Taxonomy)
  3. Overview of interactive case studies embedded in PhysioU
  4. Overview of simulations that PhysioU is building to enhance deep learning

Round table discussion of what is needed from the educators perspective

Reserve your spot now. There is a 100-participant limit.

CEU: 0.10*

*CEU accreditation for all states except for Ohio. We will present a certificate for attending the event.

The deadline for the registration is September 30, 2020. PTAE SIG Webinar is limited to 85 participants.

  • APTE Member: Complimentary
  • Non-Member: Complimentary

Click HERE To Register 


Are you aware of the PTAE SIG webinar series? The PTAE SIG webinar series was designed to assist physical therapy faculty during the abrupt change to remote instruction during the COVID-19 crisis. These webinars were designed to be “live” information sharing and are informal presentations with the intent to collaborate and assist those in need within the education community. The unedited “real time” recordings are provided to assist those that may have been unable to attend due to competing obligations and not intended to be of the same quality of a formal webinar or educational session. 

If you have viewed any of the webinars, please take a moment and complete our quick, 2 minute survey to provide us your feedback. There was such a great response to these Zoom-based webinars, your ideas and thoughts are critical to future webinars and information sharing opportunities. URL:

Webinar Series 

Past Webinars Recordings



Samantha Stryke, PTA (PTA Clinical Instructor Desert Canyon Post Acute Rehab.)

Jennifer Jewell, PT, DPT (PTAE SIG Chair, ACCE Penn State Shenango)

Carol Beckel, PT, PhD (CE SIG Co-chair, DCE Saint Louis University)

Jamie Bayliss, PT, MPT, DHSc (NCCE Secretary, DCE Mount St. Joseph University)


PTA Leadership

Brendon Larsen, PTA

James Pacini, PTA, MEd

Rebecca (Stevens) Shakoske, PTA, LMT, MA

´╗┐Samantha Stryke, PTA



Addressing the Opioid Problem With Physical Therapy:

´╗┐Advocacy, Education, and Training

Brendon Larsen, PTA

Norman Johnson, PT, DPT, DEd

Rebecca (Stevens) Shakoske, PTA, LMT, MA



“Use of PhysioU in PTA Education ”

Carey Bumgarner Weatherspoon, PT, DPT, CSCS, FMSC (Radford University Carilion)

Laurie Z Daigle, PT, MA (Germanna Community College)

Catherine Ammenti MPT, DCE (Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts)


“Streamline Program Data through Google”

Brad Wood, PTA, BHSc, MATL


Tips and Tricks for Enhancing Student Engagement


Asynchronous Teaching/Learning


“Virtual Skills Assessment: Meeting the curricular needs to keep teaching” 




PTA Educator Update from CAPTE

Ellen Price, PT, MEd

PTA Lead Specialist






Ethics Issues Go Viral….Managing the Curve”

Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA


Online Gamification Strategies

Marcee Martinez, PT, DPT

Justin Berry, PT, DPT, PhD



"Tools for Web-Based Learning" 

Jennifer Reft, PT, DPT, MS 


Tools that can be Helpful when Teaching Online

Web-Based Learning Tools Slides



Using the SECTIONS Model to Strategize Technology-Based Instruction in Physical Therapy Education

Jeff Hawk, MDE, MBA, MPT, MS

Anne Reicherter, PT, DPT, PhD



Discussion with Members of the PTA Education Trends Task Force

PTA Education Trends Task Force Report

Becky McKnight PT, MS

Krissa Reeves PTA, MEd

Michelle Avery PTA, MS

Kathy Giffin PTA, MS Ed

Jennifer Jewell PT, DPT

Justin Berry PT, DPT, PhD

Susan Cotterman, PT, MBA