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Kayley Schnare

I can’t wait to be a PTA. At the time of writing this, I am just about to finish up my first of three practicum placements to conclude my OTA/PTA education. I came into the OTA/PTA program being certain on two things; firstly, I had a basic understanding of what my role as an assistant entailed, and secondly, I had an interest and passion in helping people. Now that I’ve had practical experience of what being a PTA is like, I’ve realized that the benefits and rewarding aspects of the job surpassed anything that I had ever previously imagined.

The physiotherapy field is made of many areas of practice that accommodate for a variety of personalities and paces. I have only had experience in one therapy setting so far, but I have heard and learned about the wide variety of work environment opportunities from my classmates and different PTAs I have conversed with. It’s a career that is never boring; if I ever feel as if I would like to try something else, I can easily switch areas and engage in a different practice opportunity that’s completely different to what I did before.

I also love the PTA experience because there are many opportunities to collaborate with other health care professionals daily. I really enjoy working with a community of passionate people who love their work. There is a chance to learn from others around me who have many years of experience under their belts, and the consistent stream of information keeps me engaged and excited to come to work every day. Consistent learning is encouraged, and there are many opportunities to acquire more knowledge through in-services and access to textbooks in my work environment.

One of my favorite parts of the PTA experience so far has been seeing the clients progress and become not only stronger physically, but mentally as well. I love that this career will give me the chance to assist clients in learning about the functional ability of their own bodies and empowering them to make the right changes to eventually progress towards a healthy, active lifestyle.

All these things collectively make me very proud to soon be a graduate of the PTA program.

Kayley Schnare is the Student Coordinator of the NPAA for the 2018-2019 year and a second-year OTA/PTA student from Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

In preparation for the celebration of PTA Day on May 8, 2019, we would like to hear about why you love being a PTA, or why you can’t wait to be a PTA if you are still a student. If you are interested in writing a short piece for the next NPAA e-blast, please contact Kayley at


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Dear Kayley,

That you will be graduating soon as a PTA/OTA. You're right if you are passionate to help others and see the process that's very rewarding. I work in Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab, I love when the patient reaches the goal and the discharge program comes follow by Rehab team. That moment you feel that you did something good for that patient, it's a unique experience makes you grow and learn more everyday.

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