In an ever-evolving healthcare arena, it can be easy to feel limited in your abilities to impact the world around you. This course will use the Core Values for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant as a scaffolding for building confidence in leadership and influence opportunities for PTAs in and beyond the clinical setting.

Emily completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs at Marshall University in 2006 and her Associate of Applied Science as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Mountwest Community in Technical College in 2011. Emily has been the Site Coordinator for Clinical Education for 16 outpatient orthopedic rehab locations in Columbus, Ohio for 7 years placing an average of 50 PT, PTA, COTA, and OT students a year. She loves mentoring students and colleagues and joined the National Consortium of Clinical Educators and Academy of Physical Therapy Education Clinical Education SIG Placement Process Task Force in 2018 and is currently an APTA Centennial Scholar. She has spoken at regional and state level conferences regarding body mechanics for health professionals and on the national level focusing on the abilities for PTAs to lead in clinical settings. Emily has experience in aquatic therapy and growing interests in oncologic and industrial rehabilitation.

Nia received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at Heidelberg University in 2007. She then went on to graduate from Marion Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science for her Physical Therapy Assistant Degree in 2009. Nia has since taken on the role of Center Manager for the largest outpatient site in the Columbus, Ohio market. She is also continuing to pursue a related interest specializing in pelvic floor physical therapy, completing Level 2 of the APTA Pelvic Health courses. She enjoys educating patients and the community on this specialized area and has recently began educating the community in Pregnancy and Post Partum classes. Nia also has extensive experience in aquatic therapy. As a leader, Nia enjoys challenging her team and helping them grow and develop as clinicians.

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Completion Instructions

  • Complete the assessment with a score of 70% or higher, and complete the evaluation to earn your CEUs.

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Emily Sue Reynolds, Physical Therapist Assistant; Nia Berner, Physical Therapist Assistant

Learning objectives

  1. Understand different approaches to leadership and influence as a PTA.
  2. Integrate growth opportunities into Core Values for the PT and PTA.
  3. Reflect on personal attributes that can be leveraged for leadership opportunities.


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The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.1
Key Dates
Enrollment:Prior to  06/20/2023