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Student Assembly California Core Ambassador

Matthew Downey

The Student Assembly California Core Ambassador represents the concerns of students throughout California at the national level. Matt Downey, 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 Matt Downey with any questions or concerns.


Get Involved!

2017 California Student Conclave
April 29, 2017 @ CSU, Fresno

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


PT Lunch N’Learn

PT Lunch N’Learn is a student-led initiative that encourages students to engage in meaningful discussion about important topics including physical therapy advocacy and the importance of APTA involvement. All over lunch! PT Lunch N’Learn is an idea that started at Cal State Long Beach and has spread to other programs around the nation. It’s a great way for student leaders to spread their passion with their classmates. Are you interested in bringing PT Lunch N’Learn to your program? Contact the California Core Ambassador, Matthew Downey!


Physical Therapy Day of Service (PTDOS)

Join fellow members of the physical therapy profession from around the globe with this initiative to spend a day giving back to our local communities! PTDOS takes place in October. Ready to get involved but not sure where to start? Start out by pledging to participate! Then contact one of the California PTDOS Ambassadors to see what they have planned in their local communities or start a project of your own! Learn more at the PTDOS website or follow them on social media on Facebook and Twitter


2017 CPTA Annual Conference 

Attend the 2017 CPTA Annual Conference with more than 1,100 fellow Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants in San Diego to exchange best practices and establish new strategies that will help elevate our profession.

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.


California Outreach Challenge

The California Outreach Challenge is a state-wide competition that challenges SPT/SPTAs to accrue volunteer hours in their local communities. Students register online and log volunteer hours over the course of six months. Students and programs with the highest number of logged volunteer hours are recognized at the CA Student Conclave each year.

Contact the Core Ambassador, Matt Downey, with any questions or connect with the CA Outreach Challenge through the Website, Facebook, or Twitter.


California Students Needed for the 2017 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.


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!

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

Student SIG Newsletters

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