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SCC PTA grads have 100% first-attempt pass rate

2011 PTA Program graduates include: Jessica Allen, Science Hill; Veronica Bell, Monticello; Derek Brown, Lexington; Christina Cain, Somerset; Brittany Cooke, London; Daniel Eubank, Jamestown; Jamie Flatt, Columbia; Erin Green, Danville; Randy Gregory, London; Erica Kennedy, Lexington; Stephanie Meade, London; Nikki Neal, Monticello; and Luke Saunders, London
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By Cindy Clouse
News from Somerset Community College

Graduates of the Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program for 2011 have achieved a 100% first-attempt pass rate on the national certification examination according to PTA Program Director Dr. Ron Meade.


"We are so proud of this group," stated Meade. "Each class is special, but this group has really worked very hard and will be an asset to our profession. They are very deserving of this recognition."

This is the fourth year in the past five that the program's graduates have achieved the milestone. In 2010, only 37 of the 233 programs nationwide achieved a 100% first-attempt pass rate. This pass rate will place the program in a tie for a first place ranking by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy when the rankings are released next spring.

Several of the 2011 graduates have been recognized nationally. Chris Garland of Burkesville was named to the USA Today All-USA Academic Team, an honor reserved for only twenty students nationally each year. She was presented the award in New Orleans, Louisiana in April. Erin Green of Danville was named the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) National PTA Student of the Year and was presented the award by APTA President Scott Ward in National Harbor, Maryland in June. Chris Garland was elected to the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors and received the prestigious McMillan Scholarship award in National Harbor, as well. She was also named the APTA National Orthopaedic Student of the Year.

The class also participated in the winning effort in the 2010 and 2011 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, a national fundraiser for physical therapy research, with the program being named "Outstanding PTA Program" by the Foundation for Physical Therapy for both years. Erica Kennedy of Lexington and Veronica Bell of Monticello were named to the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association's All-Academic Team and will be recognized by the association in the fall.

2011 PTA Program graduates include: Jessica Allen, Science Hill; Veronica Bell, Monticello; Derek Brown, Lexington; Christina Cain, Somerset; Brittany Cooke, London; Daniel Eubank, Jamestown; Jamie Flatt, Columbia; Erin Green, Danville; Randy Gregory, London; Erica Kennedy, Lexington; Stephanie Meade, London; Nikki Neal, Monticello; and Luke Saunders, London.

For more information about the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Somerset Community College, contact Ron Meade, Program Director, at 606-451-6823 or ron.meade@kctcs.edu.


This story was posted on 2011-06-24 11:07:38
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2011 Somerset Community College PTA Graduates



2011-06-24 - Somerset, KY .
Members of the Somerset Community College PTA Program Class of 2011 achieved a 100% first-attempt pass rate on the physical therapy assistant national board examination. Seated first row, from left: Members of the class are: Jessica Allen, Science Hill; Erin Green, Danville; Jamie Flatt, Columbia; Erica Kennedy, Lexington; Chris Garland, Burkesville; Middle row:Veronica Bell, Monticello; Christina Cain, Somerset; Stephanie Meade, London; Brittany Cooke, London; Back row: Nikki Neal, Monticello; Randy Gregory, London; Luke Saunders, London; Daniel Eubank, Jamestown; and Derek Brown, Lexington. All are Kentucky residents.

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