• NSC 2020 is being held November 5-7 in Austin, Texas.

    APTA is now accepting proposals for NSC 2020 via Confex, the deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, April 24, 2020. Note: there is a $25 submission fee required for each submission.

    Access the submission site.

    Proposal Submission Requirements

    Proposal submissions should include:

    1. Title, description, and overall purpose of the educational session (limit the title to 10 words and the description to 200 words.)
    2. Topic or subject matter description that will be addressed in the session
    3. Course/session learning objectives (maximum 5)
    4. Content outline that specifies your plans: provide details about your session, the need for this session, and what attendees can walk away with after attending
    5. Speaker information (including credentials and biography); will you have more than one speaker for this session?
    6. Various teaching and active learning strategies (examples- lecture and discussion followed by any of the following: role playing, simulations, case studies, small group interactions, integrating technology)
    7. Recommended participant level: Consider your audience. NSC attendees are SPTs and SPTAs. What level would you recommend this session most represents? (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
    8. Speaker disclosure statement (indicate if potential for conflict of interest, bias, material gain, or indicate if no conflict).

    Educational Session/Proposal Formatting

    Your education content should:

    • be 60 minutes in length (presentation length)
    • provide knowledge, skills, or information that can be applied right away
    • not be duplicative to what students are already learning in the classroom
    • be hot, cutting-edge, or offers a new perspective
    • pertain to both physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) students
    • reinvigorate and inspire

    Topics of Interest

    • Non-traditional careers in physical therapy
    • Clinical or private practice in a very specific specialty area
    • Innovations in physical therapy related to technology, new evidence, and education
    • Surviving PT/PTA school
    • Personal anecdotes and tools for a successful career
    • Collaborative care models
    • Complicated patient cases
    • Leadership in physical therapy
    • Entering the workforce


    Contact nsc@apta.org about NSC programming or submitting the form.

  • Last Updated: 5/8/2020
    Contact: Student-Assembly@apta.org
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