Physical Therapist Assistant News

December 6, 2017

Physical Therapy’s Call to Arms

Although we are a culture that craves a quick fix, prescription painkillers are not always the answer to pain management.  In fact, long-term or high-dosage use of addictive prescription painkillers has led to an average of 91 deaths daily. What’s an alternative solution for pain? Physical therapy. Read More

May 18, 2017

Graduating PTA Student Reflects on Her Time at Bay State College

Choosing between a PT track and a PTA track was difficult, but Kaitlin Kolesnikoff ultimately realized a career as a PTA was the perfect fit for her. Now that she is about to graduate, Kaitlin says that she has gained more than she expected to when she started the PTA Program. Read More

May 11, 2017

PTA Students Attend APTA of MA Spring Assembly

Kaitlin Kolesnikoff ('17), Jaclyn Masucci ('17), Nicholas Chupka ('18) and Jason Levy ('18) along with Dr. Carolyn Cwalinski attended the APTA of MA Spring Assembly on Wed, May 10th. Read More

May 9, 2017

Professor Carolyn Cwalinski Becomes Board Certified Geriatric Specialist

This year, Bay State College Physical Therapist Assistant Professor Carolyn Cwalinski became a board certified geriatric specialist. Applicants must complete... Read More

April 20, 2017

Physical Therapist Assistant Students Join Forces with Local Health Club to Support Active Agers

We sat down with a group of graduating PTA students - Sammi Lehr, Kaitlin Kolesnikoff and Alison Quill - to learn more about the service learning project they completed this year. Read More

April 19, 2017

Sculptor Turned PTA Student Educates Local Artists on Repetitive Strain Injuries

Lindsay Hillengas has always been interested in understanding the human body. At the Rhode Island School of Design, she was a Sculpture major. In her free time, she was a figure skater and Pilates instructor. It was a natural transition, then, when she decided to enroll in the PTA program at Bay State College. Read More

April 18, 2017

Physical Therapist Assistant Students Complete 2-year Service Learning Project

At Bay State College, students in our 2-year PTA program come from all walks of life. Many enter the program with a degree in a different field, and all come with a unique idea about where their PTA degree will take them. Read More

April 6, 2017

PTA Students Participate in Annual Health Fair

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March 18, 2017

PTA Students Host Workshop as Part of Service Learning Project

On Saturday, three PTA students ran a workshop at the Weymouth Club as part of their service learning project entititled, "Active Aging Awareness: Balance, Posture, and Self-Reliance". Read More

March 2, 2017

Bay State College Physical Therapist Assistant Program Maintains Ultimate Pass Rate of 100% on the National Licensing Exam

Bay State College today announced that its Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program, for the fifth consecutive year, garnered an ultimate passage rate of 100% on the National Licensing Exam. Read More

February 17, 2017

PTA Faculty Presents Research at APTA Combined Sections Meeting

Dr. Claire Robbins, adjunct faculty and assistant ACCE in our PTA program, presented her research entitled, "Comparison of Two TKA Protocols: Effect on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model" at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. Read More

January 18, 2017

Bay State College Alumni and Professor Establish PTA Special Interest Group: Official American Physical Therapy Association Group the First of Its Kind in Massachusetts

This year, three graduates of the Bay State College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program – Colleen Donovan, Aaron Canoni and Maureen Fisher – alongside professor Carolyn Cwalinksi, held the first official meeting of the PTA Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts (APTA of MA) at Bay State College. The group is the first of its kind in Massachusetts, and will join the ranks of over 30 other PTA SIGs nationwide. Read More

November 19, 2016

PTA Students and Faculty Attend the 2016 APTA of MA Annual Conference

On November 19, 2016, students from Bay State College's PTA program, along with 5 PTA faculty members (Carolyn Cwalinski, Tina Hein, Kathy Larsen, Chris Joyce, Claire Robbins) attended the APTA of MA annual conference. Read More

November 5, 2016

Bay State College PTA Student Receives Distinguished Ruth P. Hall Award

On November 5, 2016, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) student Kaitlin Kolesnikoff received the Ruth P. Hall award. This award, offered through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), is designed to recognize a physical therapy and physical therapist assistant student who demonstrate the professional qualities of dedication and caring which exemplified the Physical Therapy career of its namesake, Ruth Hall. Read More

September 19, 2016

PTA Students Attend 2016 Abilities Expo in Boston

In September 2016, as part of their Introduction to Physical Therapy Class, PTA students attended the 3-day Abilities Expo in Boston. For nearly 40 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. After the event, PTA students shared their experiences and photos. Read More

June 22, 2016

Physical Therapist Assistant Students Making a Difference

This spring, four students from Bay State College’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, along with professor Carolyn Cwalinski, attended and participated in the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Massachusetts chapter state spring assembly. This was the first time in a very long time that two PTA students attended as official representatives of their respective districts. Read More

March 24, 2016

PTA Faculty Matt Penney Attends Event with Governor Charlie Baker

On Thursday, March 24, 2016, prominent leaders within the American Physical Therapy Association of MA (APTAMA) attended a fund raiser for Governor Baker (5th from L). Adjunct faculty member Matt Penney, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC (3rd from R), was one of the attendees advocating on behalf of our profession and patients. Read More

March 2, 2016

Bay State College Hosts APTA of MA's Geriatric Special Interest Group

On Wed, Mar 2nd, Bay State College hosted the APTA of MA's geriatric special interest group. Jazmin Turner, PharmD, presented on polypharmacy in the geriatric patient. Patrick Shepard, PTA student '16, attended the event and shared his thoughts with us. Read More

November 14, 2015

PTA Students Attend the American Physical Therapy Association of MA’s Annual Meeting in Framingham, MA

On November 14th, 2015, 5 PTA students along with their professor Dr. Carolyn Cwalinski, attended the American Physical Therapy Association of MA’s annual meeting in Framingham, MA. Overall, the students really enjoyed the experience and were surprised how much they understood after attending only one semester within the PTA program. Read More

November 10, 2015

Physical Therapist Assistant Students Attend Abilities Expo in Boston

Over 50 PTA students from Bay State College attended this year’s Abilities Expo in Boston. The Abilities Expo is about bringing necessary products and services together under one roof for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals. It's about introducing opportunities that can enrich your life... especially ones that you never knew were out there. The students reported gaining immense knowledge and a whole new understanding about living with disabilities. Read More

October 21, 2015

Physical Therapist Assistant Students Immerse Themselves in the Industry at the APTA Fall Assembly

On October 21, 2015, six physical therapy assistant (PTA) students, Kaitlin Kolesnikoff, Leigh Weisse, Peter Zhao, Jaclyn Masucci, Paulette Iannone, Phillip Jones and Brandon DeLuca attended the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) of MA Fall Assembly along with their professor Dr. Carolyn Cwalinski. This was the first time students experienced such a meeting, and many reported feeling inspired by the proceedings. Read More

October 19, 2015

News from the PTA department

The Bay State College PTA department has been very busy over the last few months. We love hearing about the conferences and events our faculty and students are attending… and we thought you would too! Read More

August 19, 2015

Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor and author of Stronger, to speak at Bay State College

Jeff Bauman was an ordinary twenty-seven year old, with a job, a girlfriend and a love of sports, when a bomb took both his legs near the Boston Marathon finish line. Also the author of our Common Reading book, Stronger, Jeff will be on the Bay State campus to discuss his book. Read More