The Clay Walker Foundation

The Vol State Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is collaborating with the Clay Walker Foundation (CWF) to host a first-ever clinic on campus for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). We are excited about the opportunity for students to observe various therapy techniques led by Dan Ashley, the Academic Clinical Coordinator for the PTA program. This unique approach to learning aligns with the College's mission by fostering partnerships, enhancing external community engagement, and providing an innovative educational experience for Vol State students.

A Physical Therapist Assistant is a qualified individual who has completed an accredited program and passed a licensure examination to provide physical therapy services to patients. Working under the supervision of a professional physical therapist, PTAs serve in various settings such as hospitals, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, health maintenance organizations, school settings, and outpatient clinics.

Faculty in the PTA program will provide students with an educational opportunity as faculty deliver interventions to those diagnosed with MS. Clients are identified through CWF and by community professionals.

The Tennessee Board of Regents, Vol State, the Clay Walker Foundation, and Regina Brown, who is the Director of the PTA program, have all contributed to making this possible.

View a video about this new collaboration