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2017 California Student Conclave

Join us for the 5th annual California Student Conclave April 29, 2017 at CSU, Fresno and network with PT and PTA students, attend cutting-edge lab & lectures, meet recruiters and see how you can get involved with CPTA and make a difference.

When: Saturday, April 29
From 8:00 AM until 6:30 PM
Where: California State University, Fresno
Physical Therapy Department
5315 Campus Drive M/S PT29
Fresno, CA  93740
United States
Contact: Kristy Murchison
(916) 929-2782

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This is the most exciting time to be a PT or PTA in California in recent history. Our profession has advanced to the doctorate level, achieved direct access and we are recognized as the experts in human movement and function. The future of physical therapy is now in your hands as upcoming new professionals. CPTA wants to make sure that you have every tool you need to successfully enter the workforce and continue advancing our profession. Join us for the California Student Conclave April 29, 2017 at CSU, Fresno and network with PT and PTA students, attend cutting-edge lectures, meet recruiters and see how you can get involved with CPTA and make a difference.

This event will bring nearly 150 PT and PTA students representing over 25 schools to one location giving students the opportunity to prepare for their futures post-graduation and start networking today!


What Can I Expect?


Learn what they don't teach you in class including preparing for the NPTE, negotiating salaries and managing your financial future, how to handle complex patient cases and more.


Meet hundreds of active PT & PTA students from across California during interactive educational sessions and social events. You may even meet your future employer!

Get Involved

Find out how you can impact our profession, collaborate with other allied health professionals and stay involved post-graduation. Share this flyer with your classmates.

What Should I Bring?

  • Copies of your resume for resume workshop and to hand to recruiters
  • Course Handouts (Available Online in April)
  • Pen and paper to take notes
  • Business cards or contact information to exchange when networking

What Costs Can I Expect?

Are you an active APTA member? Why not ask your District to sponsor your trip to Conclave? Click HERE to contact your District Chair!


  Early Registration
Advanced Registration
APTA Student Member
Student Non-Member

Early Registration Fees until April 16, 2017. An increase of $25 will accrue beginning April 17, 2017.

Access hard-copy registration form here


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be received in writing, and may be emailed to Full refund less 20% administrative fee if cancellation is received by April 21, 2016. No refunds after April 21, 2017.



Session Programming

Check out the schedule of events, including the Student Bowl, and access session handouts.


      2017 Student Conclave Programming
 8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast and Registration
 8:30 - 8:45
Welcome Announcements and Orientation
 8:45 - 10:00

Opening Session: Licensure & Preparing for the NPTE or NPTAE

FSBPT or PTBC Representative

10:15 - 11:15

 Student Loan Tips You Need to Know

Joseph Reinke

 Trigger Points LAB

Jason McOmber & Jenna Sawdon-Bea

 Specialty Certifications

Derrick Sueki

PT Board of CA

Jason Kaiser

11:15 -11:30  
 11:30 - 12:30

Negotiating Salaries & Benefits

Sturdy McKee

Manual Therapy Techniques LAB

Derrick Sueki

Resume & Cover Letter Review
12:00 - 1:00
 1:00 - 2:30
 2:30 - 2:45
 2:45 - 3:45

 Risk Management

Dave Powers

Geriatric Wellness Evaluation LAB

Deborah Walker &

Leslie Zarrinkhameh

Your Professional Brand: Strategies for Utilizing Social Media to Boost Your Professional Presence

Brandon Seigel

 Residencies & Fellowships

Jason Tonley

 3:45 - 4:00
 4:00 - 5:00

 Next Gen Therapists: Understanding the Hiring Managers in the Current HealthCare Environment

Brandon Seigel

Developmental Biomechanics

(Ortho Peds) LAB

Monica Rivera

 Resume & Cover Letter Review
 5:15 - 5:45

 CA Student SIG Business Meeting

 5:45 - 7:00

 Student Bowl

Dinner, Announcements & Prize Drawings 
  • Program Schedule

  • Session Descriptions

  • Handouts


Road Trip with a group of students to save on gas.


From Los Angeles (approximately 225 miles)
Take US-101 N toward Hollywood Freeway
Keep left to take CA-170 N toward Sacramento
CA-170 becomes I-5 N
Keep left to take CA-99 N
Merge onto CA-41 N
Merge onto CA-180 E
Merge onto CA-168 E
Take the Shaw Ave. exit and turn left on Shaw
Turn right on Maple ending at 5241 N. Maple Ave.

From San Francisco (approximately 185 miles)
Take I-80 E toward Oakland
Merge onto I-580 E toward CA-24
Keep left to take I-205
Merge onto I-5 N
Merge onto Ca-120 E
Merge onto CA-99 S
Merge onto CA-180 E
Merge onto CA-168 E
Take the Shaw Ave. exit and turn left on Shaw
Turn right on Maple ending at 5241 N. Maple Ave.

From San Jose (approximately 150 miles)
Take CA-87 S
Merge onto CA-85 S
Merge onto US-101 S
Take the 10 th Street /CA-152 E exit
Turn left onto E 10 th and continue to follow the CA-152
Turn slight right onto Pacheco Pass/CA-152 E
Take CA-99 S
Merge onto CA-180 E
Merge onto CA-168 E
Take the Shaw Ave. exit and turn left on Shaw
Turn right on Maple ending at 5241 N. Maple Ave.


Bunk-up with other students from your school and share a hotel room to save money.


The Fresno/Clovis area has many options designed to meet your hospitality needs. 


A prime location in Fresno are hotels near the RiverPark Shopping Center. Located off of the highway 41 freeway, 10 to 15 minutes from campus, RiverPark offers entertainment, restaurants, shopping and more. 


Located just west of Fresno State is Clovis, California. Many new lodging options include the following brands: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites and Fairfield Inn by Marriott, all within a close proximity of the Fresno State campus, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. 


Traveler reviews can be found on TripAdvisor for Fresno and Clovis hotels. 



Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided with your registration but bring extra cash for after hours social activities.



Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Fresno
5315 Campus Drive
M/S PT29
Fresno CA 93740

Physical Therapy and Intercollegiate Athletics (PTIA) Room 122


Parking: Free


Campus Map

Scholarship Opportunities

We invite PT and PTA Professionals, CPTA Districts, PT and PTA Programs and businesses to  purchase Scholarships on behalf of students so that they can attend this year. By purchasing a scholarship, you can help a student that works in your clinic, attends your lectures, or that volunteers at District events attend Conclave. These students are the future of our profession and we want to make sure it is a bright one! Submit your scholarship online or complete the attached form.


Career Fair

Visit the Career Fair and meet employers! This event is hosted by the CSU, Fresno Physical Therapy Department from 1 - 2:30 pm, directly following lunch. (Don't forget your resume!)


Check out who will be there!

The following employers will be at the Career Fair and all are HIRING!

Advanced Physical Therapy • Adventist Health • Aegis Therapies • Affirma Rehabilitation • Centre Neuro Skills • Children's Therapy Network Inc. • Compass Health • Concentra PT • Consonus Healthcare • Dignity Health Therapy Medical Center Merced • Easter Seals Superior Sacramento • Encore Rehabilitation Services • Feather River Hospital • Golden Bear Physical Therapy • HCCA Tulare Regional Medical Center • Humboldt PT, Inc. • Interface Rehab • Intergo Rehab Services • North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy • Oakhurst Physical Therapy • Performance Physical Therapy • Pro-PT • Providence Group HC • Rocklin PT Inc. • San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital • Spitzer’s PT and Personal Centering Inc. • Sutter Health • Team Movement for Life • Tenet Health • Therapy Specialist • U.S. HealthWorks


Employers: Are you hiring? This is a prime opportunity to reach soon-to-be graduates. To participate in this year's Career Fair, hosted by Fresno State, please visit for more information and to download the registration form. This event is open to companies who are actively seeking employees. All exhibiting companies will receive a list a registrants two weeks prior to the event and a final list one week after the event.

Student Bowl

The 2017 Student Bowl will be held on the first evening of Conclave and will include teams of 3-5 persons per PT or PTA program that will compete in a fast paced jeopardy style competition to see which PT and PTA program has the "brainiest" students! Learn more

Professional Volunteers

Every year, over 180 students volunteer their time at our Annual Conference. It's our turn to help them and make sure their event is a success. We are looking for 10 active CPTA PTs and PTAs to assist with on-site logistics. Sign up today!


Join the Conversation!

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Thank You To Our Sponsors



Golden Gate District




 Questions? Contact Rita Pierson

2018 California Student Conclave

Save the date and start planning now! The 2018 California Student Conclave will be in Los Angeles at Mount Saint Mary's University! 


Calling all speakers!

If you are interested in presenting at the California Student Conclave, please submit your proposal to CPTA by clicking here. Speakers,topics, and format will be discussed at the March 2018 CPTA Education Committee meeting. Contact Rita Pierson with questions. suggestions, or recommendations.


2019 California Student Conclave

We are looking for a Northern California home for the 7th Annual California Student Conclave. If your program is interested in hosting, please download the application below and submit it to Kristy Murchison by February 1, 2018.

Host Site Bid Proposal (word)
Host Site Bid Proposal (pdf)

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