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Student Assembly California Core Ambassador

Meagan Moffat

The Student Assembly California Core Ambassador represents the concerns of students throughout California at the national level. Meagan Moffat, our California Student Assembly Core Ambassador participates, speaks, or makes motions to the House of Delegates, which is the highest decision-making body of the association and is where decisions are made on issues that frequently have far-reaching implications for the association and the profession. Please contact Meagan Moffat with any questions or concerns.


2016 Student Contest

Win Up to $1,000

New this year, CPTA is holding a contest for students and schools to compete against each other by creating a video using the "Physical Therapists Improve the Way You Move" message. The purpose is to show people going from immobility to improved mobility. The videos will be added to CPTA's YouTube channel in October for PT Month. The videos must be no longer than two minutes. Students can create the video on their own or with a group of students. There can be multiple groups of students per school. If a group of students wins the contest, the $1,000 will be split among them. All students must be CPTA members. Send your completed video along with the names of the students that made it to Heather Pino by September 14.

Get Involved!

California Students Needed for the 2016 APTA House of Delegates

Every June, CPTA supports sending three students to the annual APTA House of Delegates meeting. CPTA provides funding for participation in the HOD up to $1,000 each, which generally covers airfare and hotel. CPTA is searching for any PT or PTA students who may be interested in serving the student body of California in this capacity. Please be sure to watch for Student PT Notes in February each year for the deadline and requirements for these positions.


2016 CPTA Annual Conference 

Attend the 2016 CPTA Annual Conference with more than 1,100 fellow Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants who will come to Santa Clara this year to exchange best practices and establish new strategies that will help elevate our profession. CPTA student members pay just $119 if registered by July 1!

Student Members are needed to assist at registration, information desk, scanning badges at educational sessions, checking badges at the exhibit hall entrance, and a variety of other supportive services. No experience necessary; however, this offer is available only to Student Members. Student Volunteer registration is just $60 but there are limited spots available so we recommend registering early to take advantage of this rate.


2017 California Student Conclave

Beginning a career in physical therapy means more than accepting your diploma and joining the workforce. It means being able to apply successfully for a job and keeping your skills honed for future success. Join CPTA members for the 2017 California Student Conclave and learn what you’ll need to do to protect your investment and move into a fulfilling career. Contact with any questions.

2016 California Student Conclave Registration Page and Information

California Student Conclave Facebook Page


Student Advocacy

Become a PAC CUB

The CAL-PT-PAC Cub or "PAC CUB" is a program the CAL-PT-PAC started that allows you as a student to be recognized for your contributions to the CAL-PT-PAC. Show your professors, classmates and clinical instructors that you are aware and concerned about political issues that involve physical therapy. You can learn more about becoming a PAC CUB or donate a mere $20 to qualify! Contact Tameka Island for additional information!

CAL-PT-PAC Student Cub Challenge

It is that time of the year again, it’s time for the CAL-PT-PAC Student Cub Challenge. The CAL-PT-PAC is challenging ALL students to “Back the PAC” by making a $20 contribution to the PAC before October 1, 2015!

The PT/PTA program with the most Cubs (Students that donate at least $20) will receive 5 FREE tickets to the 2015 CAL-PT-PAC Dinner Friday night during the CPTA’s Annual Conference in Oakland.

This event is not to be missed! It is a fantastic opportunity to meet and mingle with many of your organization’s leaders, local legislators and a great way for students to get involved!

All students have to do is fill out a CAL-PT-PAC Cub form by clicking here or go to our website to make a contribution today!

When you give to the CAL-PT-PAC you allow us to continue our legislative efforts on all levels. With your contributions we are able to reach out to many state legislators in a variety of ways. The CAL-PT-PAC meets with legislators to discuss important issues, organize fundraisers and financially support lawmakers who understand and support the interests of California physical therapists. When you become a CAL-PT-PAC Cub you will receive a PAC Cub pin, your name will be posted on our website, and you will be recognized in our monthly emails, so become a CAL-PT-PAC Cub today!

Student Fundraisers

Do you want to organize a fundraiser for the CAL-PT-PAC? Fundraisers are an excellent way to contribute to the CAL-PT-PAC. For more information about organizing a student fundraiser for the CAL-PT-PAC, contact Tameka Island.

Student Physical Therapy Research

Apply for a Physical Therapy Research Grant from the CAL-PT-FUND

Applications for the 2015 CAL-PT-FUND Grant Cycle are now being accepted! Many of our top researchers, including Christopher Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA; Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA and David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM started their research careers with grants from the FUND. Our goal is to identify up and coming  researchers like them (and you!) and support their current research as well as show them how the grant application process works. By applying for a FUND Grant, you receive valuable feedback from researchers who have been in your shoes that will help you when applying for larger Foundation and NIH grants. Visit our website where you can view the current FUND Grant Application as well as helpful tips and tricks to the application process. You can even see the review form that we use to evaluate your application before you apply so that you can make sure you application meets all of the requirements before applying! Click here to learn more!

Free Ways to Help the CAL-PT-FUND Raise Much-Needed Funds

Every time you shop at any of the 1,000+ online stores in the iGive network, a portion of the money you spend benefits California Physical Therapy Fund. It's a free service, and you'll never pay more when you reach a store through iGive. In fact, smart shoppers will enjoy iGive's repository of coupons, free shipping deals, and sales. To get started, just create your free iGive account. Start iGiving at:

Career Starter Dues Pilot

CPTA is participating in APTA’s Career Starter Dues Pilot. APTA will be testing an expanded career starter dues program, which establishes diminishing discounts over the course of four years for members who are in the first four years post-graduation. Eligible members began receiving renewal notices in January that reflected the national and California Chapter discounts for renewals effective April 2014 or later. The current program provides a 50% discount off national and chapter dues at the first renewal post-graduation. The pilot extends sliding discounts (40%, 30%, and 20%) for members 2-4 years post-graduation. To qualify, new graduates must have been an APTA student member at graduation and maintained continuous APTA membership post-graduation.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.

Networking & Social Media

Below is a list of resources we have put together for you!

Career Center


APTA Student Membership Benefits

Section Mentorships

California Student Conclave Facebook Page

Doctors of Physical Therapy Students Facebook Page

PTA Student Facebook Page

Student Assembly Facebook Page

Social Media Standards of Conduct

CPTA New Professionals Facebook Page

EDD Occupational Guide

CA Wage Table

Map of California PT and P

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