Physical Therapy Students To Gather at National Student Conclave (NSC)

16TH Annual National Student Conclave Features Latest in Physical Therapist Practice

ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 8, 2008 – Physical therapy students from across the nation will explore every aspect of the profession as they determine their practice and career goals during the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) 16th Annual National Student Conclave (NSC) in San Jose, CA, October 17-19, 2008.

"As each student transitions into the work force, their choices will determine the direction the profession will take in the coming years," said APTA Student Assembly President Nate Thomas, PT. "NSC helps students make the right decisions at a formative stage in their careers."

NSC seminars include "PT Interventions with Robotics," "Continuum of Care for Individuals With Lifelong Disabilities," and "Pharmacology in Current and Future Physical Therapist Practice." Students may attend in-depth clinical sessions on physical therapy specialty areas such as acute care, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, and women's health, in addition to r�sum� critiquing and mock interview sessions.

Elections for the 2008-2009 Student Assembly Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will take place at the conclave, and all registered student members will receive a ballot. Attendees will meet with employers, manufacturers, and publishers in the two-day NSC Exhibit Hall.

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

APTA (www.apta.org) is a national organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research. Consumers can visit www.findapt.us to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as www.apta.org/consumer for physical therapy news and information.

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