Dr. Samantha Harris, the Department Chair/Site Coordinator for the Physical Therapist Assistant program at South College Nashville, is incredibly dedicated to the impact physical therapy can have on patients. “I have a deep passion for spreading awareness for health and activity,” she says.
After earning a BS in Biology and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Harris moved to Nashville and secured a position at Vanderbilt. There, she had the opportunity to work in the inpatient setting with a variety of patients, including orthopedic, geriatric, palliative care, neurological, and general medicine. Now, she’s excited to bring her expertise to others through teaching. “Taking a role as an educator has been a long goal of mine,” says Dr. Harris. “I have spent previous time teaching, and I enjoy helping students learn and apply physical therapy knowledge.”
We’re thrilled to have Dr. Harris’s passion and expertise at South College! If you’ve considered a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant, let her fill you in on a few of the many reasons to check out the program at South College Nashville.
Why Physical Therapy?
Making a difference in the lives of patients is widely cited as one of the most meaningful and significant reasons to start a career in the healthcare field. “Physical therapy is such a fulfilling career for any potential student,” Dr. Harris says. “Not only will you be a highly-educated movement specialist, but you will also have an integral role in the patient’s recovery to regain function.”
The knowledge you gain from South College’s PTA program goes beyond the classroom and your future career, however, and impacts the rest of your life. “I believe physical therapy embodies many characteristics that lead to a successful and happy life. Not only are you the educator for a patient’s path to recovery, but also serve as a conduit to empower others with necessary encouragement and motivation to potentially make life-changing health-related decisions,” says Dr. Harris.
Why South College Nashville?
South College Nashville is the perfect place to begin the journey to your future career in Physical Therapy. According to Dr. Harris, “The South College PTA program has a proven track record at both the Knoxville location and the Asheville location. Here at South College Nashville, we are extending the program using that same knowledge base and recognized learning method to train highly-educated physical therapist assistants.”
You’ll be in a good position to look for jobs in Nashville once you graduate, too. “Nashville has many options for physical therapy in a multitude of settings which makes it an ideal city for pursuing a career as a physical therapist assistant,” she says.
For those seeking a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, South College offers a hybrid program based out of its Knoxville campus. This program includes online coursework with extended lab intensive sessions in Knoxville. The program is accelerated and can be completed in as little as 24 months.
Want to check out our PTA program for yourself? Get more info about the Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program from our website or schedule a tour. We hope to see you on campus soon!