Cortney Eggers, a physical therapist assistant at Johnson County Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department, has been awarded the American Physical Therapy Association’s Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for 2015-2016. This program recognizes physical therapist assistants (PTAs) who have achieved advanced proficiency through education, experience, and leadership while being part of a PT/PTA team in a specified area of therapy.
As a recipient of the recognition, Eggers has gone above and beyond the entry-level education in her selected area. In order to receive her Advanced Proficiency recognition, Eggers had to have a minimum of 2,000 hours in clinical experience and 60 hours of continuing education, all within a five-year period. During those five years, the majority of Eggers’ working time had to be dedicated to one category. Eggers’ category was musculoskeletal. She was also required to demonstrate leadership in the profession of physical therapy and to show significant contributions to community service.
“The Advanced Proficiency recognition ensures patients that they are receiving quality care from a PTA confident in her skills and knowledge, in this case, especially the musculoskeletal system. It also signifies to patients and employers that I am dedicated to lifelong learning and advancing my career,” said Eggers.
All PTAs who achieved their Advanced Proficiency were recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association at the NEXT Conference and Exposition in June and in the July 2016 issue of PT in Motion magazine.