APTADC has a Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) and all student members are automatically members. One of the goals of the group is to provide more opportunities for students of both programs to interact with each other and develop a professional network both as students and as future clinicians. In addition, APTADC has a Core Ambassador who is the primary link between the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors and PT and PTA students in each state.
The purpose of the SSIG is to provide a means for student physical therapists and student physical therapist assistants in a geographic region to meet, confer, and become more involved in their state’s official professional chapter of the APTA.
Having the SSIG in D.C. will increase student involvement with the APTA at both the national and state level, providing an advantage to students in the area who are interested in developing a professional network, optimizing their communication skills, strengthening their knowledge base, as well as refining their interest in specialty fields of practice. Besides providing a professional advantage, the SSIG will hold fun events for students, including social events such as fundraising competitions between schools, dances, district meetings, educational events, legislative events, and student outreach.