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VICTORIA HURWITZ

WILLIAMSPORT — Victoria Hurwitz, director of the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapy assistant program, recently completed a Higher Education Leadership Fellowship through the American Physical Therapy Association.

The scholarship provides developing and aspiring program directors of physical therapist and physical therapy assistant education programs with the skills and resources they need to be innovative, influential and visionary leaders.

The one-year program included online learning modules delivered by content experts, mentorship from experienced physiotherapy program directors and higher education leaders, and implementation of a leadership plan staff and a school-based leadership project.

Hurwitz’s leadership project involved developing and implementing a faculty mentorship program. Three new part-time faculty from the college’s physiotherapy assistant program attended. The next step is to measure the effectiveness of the mentoring program by administering a survey, developed with the help of the college’s Office of Assessment, Research and Planning.

“The goals of the mentorship program are to improve faculty onboarding through a formalized process, establish a culture of development and support, improve program outcomes, and retain strong candidates for future opportunities. within the PTA program”, Hurwitz explained.

Hurwitz, a licensed physical therapist, has served as associate director of the physical therapist program at Penn College since 2020.

She holds a doctorate in physical therapy and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Miami, and she has completed a residency in women’s health through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education at Women’s Health Physical Therapy in Richmond, Virginia. She is a Board Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist.

She is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society and the Academy of Pelvic Health and the Academy of Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. She recently served on the Specialization Academy of Content Experts, a group of experts who help develop content for certification exams for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Penn College offers an associate degree in physical therapist assistant. Hands-on learning takes place in a well-equipped lab on campus where students practice their skills and interventions. Additionally, each student completes three clinical training experiences, available with more than 65 diverse organizations offering inpatient, outpatient, long-term, and specialty care opportunities. To learn more, call 570-320-4439 or visit www.pct.edu/pta.

For more information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, visit www.pct.edu, email [email protected], or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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