PTA Student Represents NCTC at National Physical Therapy Conference

A Northland Community & Technical College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) student, Dani Weinreis, recently presented a research poster at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, CA.

This is the nation's largest physical therapy conference, attended by over 11,000 physical therapy professionals and students annually. The presented research study, conducted by Dani and PTA classmates Jaclyn Tarnowski, Kaylie Peterson, and Paige Kadelbach, examined the perceptions Doctor of Physical Therapy students have on PTA education and clinical practice.

An additional aspect of their research study, assessing accrued student loan debt of Doctor of Physical Therapy students, was presented by NCTC PTA program director Justin Berry. Of the hundreds of research studies chosen to be presented at the conference through a peer review process, Dani was the only PTA student chosen to present. "Dani did a great job representing NCTC and PTA students in general. It is very rare for a PTA student to present research at a national conference, and this is the third year in a row a PTA student from NCTC has had the opportunity to do so,” said PTA program director Justin Berry.

Attending the conference provides a wide range of networking opportunities within the Physical Therapy career field. With over 11,000 attendees, visitors are able to gain perspective on careers and opportunities available to them. The employment outlook for graduates of the PTA program is excellent. From 2008-2018 there is a projected 33% increase in employment for PTA's nationwide. The median income for PTA's is $46,140, according to

Dani received conference travel assistance from the NCTC Foundation to help offset costs.

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.