ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 22, 2009 — Physical therapist assistant student and member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Rod Edwards, of Somerset Community College (SCC), has been awarded APTA's 2009 Outstanding Student Physical Therapist Assistant Award.
Edwards serves as class vice president and is a mentor to first-year students. He has been named to the SCC Dean's List for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Edwards was one of two students appointed to the SCC Student Appeals Board and also is an active member in the college's Phi Theta Kappa International Honorary Society.
An active member of the SCC Physical Therapy Student Organization, Edwards currently serves as the charitable and philanthropic events coordinator. In 2007, Edwards was honored with the James H. Anderson Award for Outstanding First-Year Physical Therapist Assistant Student. He served as co-coordinator for the 2008 SCC physical therapist assistant program open house and "Excellence through Diversity" events.
Edwards is an active member of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association and APTA. He has served as a coordinator for the Foundation for Physical Therapy's Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge and is a frequent attendee at state and national conferences and meetings.
Edwards gives back to his community by supporting the local youth basketball programs, serving as a student coordinator for the Kentucky Special Olympics, and volunteering at various summer camps for children and adults with physical challenges. Edwards plans to further his education while working as a physical therapist assistant, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a doctorate degree in physical therapy.
APTA's Outstanding Student Physical Therapist Assistant Award was launched in 1995 and allows for recognition of a student making strides on behalf of both the Association and profession.
Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility — in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of prescription medications. APTA represents more than 70,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice. In most states, patients can make an appointment directly with a physical therapist, without a physician referral. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com.