Physical therapy assistant receives APTA honor

Ryan Hickman, a physical therapy assistant (PTA) at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently obtained Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for Physical Therapy Assistants by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

The distinction is given to PTAs who go above and beyond entry-level education in their field. In the past five years, only 15 PTAs in the state of Ohio have received this honor.

“We are very proud of Ryan for committing to becoming such a skilled and talented member of our team,” Kevin Stimpert, director of Rehabilitation at SOMC, said. “This distinction demonstrates Ryan’s dedication to providing exceptional treatment interventions and continued advancement in the profession of physical therapy.”

The minimum requirements for receiving this recognition includes:

  • Five years of experience as a PTA;
  • 2,000 total hours in one specific category (500 of which must have been in the past year);
  • 60 contact hours of continuing education – 75% of which must be in the specified area of study;
  • Above-average job performance within the PT/PTA team, and;
  • Evidence of involvement in at least three activities that demonstrate the applicant’s leadership and contributions to the community

In addition to this most recent achievement, Hickman was also voted as Shawnee State University’s Clinical Instructor of the Year.