Karella is Recognized by APTA

by jamesc  6/27/2014 10:30:49 AM --  NORFOLK – A member of the faculty at Northeast Community College has received national recognition. Tere Karella has been awarded Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the Physical Therapist Assistant by the American Physical Therapy Association. The recognition was bestowed on Karella at the association’s annual conference earlier this month in Charlotte, NC.


The PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency program recognizes physical therapist assistants (PTAs) who have achieved advanced proficiency through education, experience, leadership and as part of the PT/PTA team in a specified area of work: acute care, aquatic, cardiovascular/pulmonary, education, geriatric, integumentary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, oncology, and/or pediatric physical therapy. 

Karella and others were recognized for meeting all the eligibility requirements for recognition, including a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical experience, a minimum of 60 hours of continuing education in the past five years, and significant contributions to their community or profession.

Karella began teaching at Northeast in 1994 and is one of three instructors in the program. Michele Gill, dean of health and wellness at Northeast, said Karella’s recognition exemplifies the quality of the College’s physical therapy assistant program. “We are proud of Tere and her talents that she teaches and instills in our students,” Gill said. “Her instruction certainly meets the needs of our students and their future employers.” 

Northeast Community College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program is an integrated two-year program that is designed to prepare qualified individuals for employment as entry-level physical therapy assistants. Graduates will work under the direction of a physical therapist in providing patient treatment.

Program graduates will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs. The Northeast Community College program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in Alexandria, VA.


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