• NSC 2019 Programming

    NSC is the premier event for students of physical therapy, and the only APTA national conference planned for students, by students. Here's what to expect at NSC:

    Four Learning Labs will be offered throughout the weekend, highlighting topics pertaining to patient cases, entering the workforce, nontraditional careers, collaborative care, and leadership. Speakers who wish to provide handouts will post them on the NSC mobile app.

    To see programming highlights each day, click through the tabs at the top of this page.

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    APTA Strategic Business Partners
    Chattanooga
    Freeman
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    Laurel Road
    Net Health
    Parker Laboratories
    Rusk Rehabilitation
    Scorebuilders

    Programming highlights for Thursday, October 31

    5:00 pm6:30 pm  

    Ignite! & Keynote Speaker  

    An awesome launch to our NSC program, Ignite talks are fun, high energy, 5-minute presentations that focus on the speaker's personal or professional passion. Talks are accompanied by 20 highly visual slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds, so they're fast-paced. Ignite presentations leave an audience satisfied, but hungry for more.

    We'll transition from Ignite talks to our NSC 2019 Keynote speaker, Joanna Lohman.

    7:00 pm10:00 pm  

    PT Pub Night in Support of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research  

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research is partnering with PT Pub Night for an evening of networking, drinks, and fun. This event is the launch of the Foundation's 2019–2020 Challenge, a student-led fundraiser that fuels the funding of physical therapy research. The first 100 students to arrive will receive a complimentary drink ticket. RSVP here today!

    Programming highlights for Friday, November 1

    8:30 am–10:00 am

    General Session: Town Hall with APTA President Sharon Dunn & Student Assembly Panel

    Ask the APTA president anything while getting to know your candidates for the 2019–2020 Student Assembly Board of Directors.

    10:00 am–12:00 pm

    Exhibit Hall open (with lunch)

    12:00 pm1:00 pm

    General Session – How We Built It: Stories of PT Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Drawing inspiration from the hit NPR Podcast, "How I Built This," three physical therapy entrepreneurs will join forces to tell their stories about how they built their brands and businesses. In this innovative discussion, students will learn about what it takes to build a business, how to overcome common barriers in creating their own unique pathway within the profession, and leave with inspiration to solve some of physical therapy's biggest challenges to positively impact society. The themes presented in this session will help to frame the topics for the Friday Learning Labs.

    1:15 pm–2:15 pm

    Learning Lab 1.1 – Creating Your Unique Pathway (choose 1)

    Select one of five learning labs highlighting topics pertaining to being a new grad and entering the workforce. For more information on individual sessions including course descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker information, visit the NSC 2019 Conference & Exposition Overview.

    2:30 pm–4:30 pm

    Exhibit Hall open

    5:45 pm6:45 pm

    Learning Lab 1.2 – Creating Your Unique Pathway (choose 1)

    Select one of five learning labs highlighting topics pertaining to being a new grad and entering the workforce. For more information on individual sessions including course descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker information, visit the NSC 2019 Conference & Exposition Overview.

    6:00 pm8:00 pm

    Teddy Bear Kits for Kids – An ATI Community Service Event

    Join ATI Physical Therapy for a special community service social event at NSC 2019. We will be making stuffed animals and cards for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses in local hospitals. Help us reach our goal to make 200 stuffed animals to donate to hospitals in New Mexico.

    Register prior to NSC to receive a special "Physical Therapy Gives Back" event t-shirt!

    Food and drinks will be served, so come hungry and ready to have fun!

    8:00 pm11:00 pm

    Party With PT-PAC at Rio Bravo Brewing Company 

    Come have fun with your friends at PT-PAC's blowout party during National Student Conclave. This year, the event will take place at Rio Bravo Brewing Company. The event will be on Friday, November 1, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Tickets are $20 each. Photo ID required (must be at least 21 years of age to attend). This event always sells out, so buy your ticket now when registering for NSC! For event information, contact Laura Keivel by email or 800/999-2782, ext 3194. Help protect your future profession by rocking at Rio Bravo! 

    Programming highlights for Saturday, November 2

    8:00 am–9:00 am

    Coffee with the Student Assembly Candidates

    This is an opportunity to get your caffeine fix while you mingle with the candidates for Student Assembly Board of Directors. Make sure to wish them good luck!

    9:00 am–10:00 am

    General Session – Minding Your Business: Top Business Leadership Skills in Physical Therapy

    This session aims to discuss some of the hottest topics in business leadership skills, including negotiation skills related to contracts, knowing and marketing your value as a new graduate, understanding costs associated as a new graduate in the workforce, understanding non-compete clauses, managing conflict in the workforce, effective marketing through storytelling, and understanding billing and coding prior to practice. The themes in this presentation will help to frame the topics for the Saturday Learning Labs.

    10:00 am–12:30 pm

    Exhibit Hall open (lunch provided in the hall)

    11:00 am–12:30 pm

    Resume Reviews

    Get the feedback you need for your resume to stand out. Participation is limited, so be sure to sign up when you register for NSC.

    12:30 pm–1:30 pm

    Learning Lab 2.1 – Collaboration and Practice (Choose 1)

    Select one of five learning labs highlighting topics pertaining to patient cases, collaborative care, and leadership. For more information on individual sessions including course descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker information, visit the NSC 2019 Conference & Exposition Overview.

    1:45 pm–2:45 pm

    Learning Lab 2.2 – Collaboration and Practice (Choose 1)

    Select one of five learning labs highlighting topics pertaining to patient cases, collaborative care, and leadership. For more information on individual sessions including course descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker information, visit the NSC 2019 Conference & Exposition Overview.

    3:00 pm–4:30 pm

    EBS Knowledge Bowl

    The EBS Knowledge Bowl may be one of the most entertaining events at NSC! This high-energy event allows students from programs across the country to test their knowledge and prep for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Show off your program's knowledge, colors, and pride.

    4:45 pm

    Swearing-In of the 2019-2020 Student Assembly Board of Directors

    Conclude your conference experience by congratulating and welcoming your new 2019-2020 Student Assembly Board of Directors as they take their oath to serve.