Students

Welcome, future of our profession!

The OPTA recognizes that as a student of physical therapy YOU are the future. Your voice is important, and your perspective and contributions are needed! 

OPTA's NEWEST INITIATIVE - SCHOOL OF THE MONTH

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View all of the past School Of The Month articles! Then get your program involved with School of the Month

 


STUDENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SSIG):

The SSIG provides a way for OPTA student members to confer, meet and exchange information about OPTA and about physical therapy.

Meet the 2015 SSIG Board - Click for contact information

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  • SSIG Conference Call Meetings take place the first Sunday of the month at 8:30 p.m.
  • Request information about the SSIG and joining the conference call meetings with our Interested Student Form.
SSIG Documents (members-only):

Meeting Minutes: 
August 2014 - March 2015 Meetings

Conference Call Agendas: 
SSIG Agenda - March 29, 2015


OPPORTUNITIES:

                            *Please note this schedule is subject to change.


ESSAY CONTESTS:

OPTA hosts student essay contests during the year to fund trips for deserving students to attend APTA national events. Deadlines and submission instructions will be posted as the contests open.

2015 House of Delegates (as a student usher)

  • Event Date: June 1-2
  • Location: National Harbor, Maryland
  • Contest Deadline: This contest is now closed.
  • Congrats to essay winner Matthew Mucha from Walsh University!

2015 APTA PT Day on Capitol Hill (formerly Federal Advocacy Day)

  • Event Date: June 3-4
  • Location: National Harbor, Maryland
  • Contest Deadline: This contest is now closed.
  • Congrats to essay winners Eric Horton, from Ohio University, and Colton Rhinebolt, from the University of Toledo! 

2015 State Policy & Payment Forum 

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2015 National Student Conclave

  • Event Date: October 22-24
  • Location: Omaha, Nebraska
  • More info: Check here for contest info - TBA
  • Contest Deadline: August 28

ELECTION INFORMATION:

Step 1: Learn about the roles and responsibilities of each SSIG officer position.
Step 2: Identify potential student leaders to the OPTA by completing the Student Nomination for Office Form. Nominations are now closed.
Step 3: SSIG Student Affairs Liaison contacts nominated students for consent to serve, candidate bios and headshot.
Step 4: VOTE! Online voting opens March 13, 2015 and is open for 30 days. At the beginning of the 30-day election period, OPTA student members will receive an email with login instructions to place your votes through our partner AssociationVoting.com. Voting closed Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m.
Step 5: Election results are announced at Membership Meeting the OPTA Annual Conference on Saturday, April 11. 

RESOURCES:

APTA's Student Assembly Page
Benefits of Student Membership in APTA and OPTA
List of Scholarship Opportunities for PT/PTA Students
OPTA Students Facebook page ← Stay informed!
Prospective and Current Students of PT
Career Starter Dues Program ← Graduating soon? Make sure to look here!
Follow OPTA on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn!

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Click here to view a clickable PDF of all the PT and PTA Programs in the state of Ohio! 

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