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Physical therapist assistant faculty member adds credential


Mary T. Stout, assistant professor of physical therapist assistant at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently completed course requirements to become a certified Champion Performance Specialist.

To earn the certification, Stout completed a 34-hour course through Champion Performance Therapy and Training System and the Advanced Continuing Education Institute in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Mary T. StoutThe course provided the most recent evidence-based information for assessing functional movement and developing exercise strategies to restore and enhance performance in those with orthopedic impairments, as well as fitness and performance seekers. The exercise strategies are designed to improve strength and neuromuscular control, based on the results of a movement assessment developed by physical therapist Mike Reinold, of Champion Performance Therapy.

Stout plans to apply this advanced knowledge to the courses she teaches at Penn College, including Therapeutic Exercise, Clinical Neurology, Orthopedics and Sports in Physical Therapy, and Physical Therapy Procedures II.

“My goal is to provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based interventions to our physical therapist assistant students striving to be exceptional PTAs,” Stout said.

Stout is a native of Kulpmont and a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Shamokin. She began teaching part time at Penn College in 2017, when the program accepted its first students, and became the program’s first full-time faculty member in 2019.

Prior to Penn College, she owned Central Penn Physical Therapy Inc., a private practice in Shamokin, and held leadership positions in a variety of physical therapy settings in Pennsylvania, most recently as director of rehabilitative services for Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

She has been a clinical instructor for Lebanon Valley College and a part-time instructor for Atlantic Cape Community College, and continues to serve as a clinical instructor, guest lecturer and adjunct for numerous Doctor of Physical Therapy and physical therapist assistant programs.

Her honors include research and development patents for a T-Roll Lumbar Support and a T-Prep Therapeutic Ultrasound Coupling Agent, an “Ace Award” from the National Physical Therapy Provider Network for clinical contribution to physical therapy for developing a shoulder treatment protocol, a Professional Writing Award from Shenandoah University Division of Physical Therapy, and a Clinical Associate of Physical Therapy Award from Boston University School of Allied Health Sciences.

Stout holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Shenandoah University and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac College.

Penn College offers an associate degree in physical therapist assistant. Hands-on learning takes place in a well-equipped, on-campus laboratory where students practice skills and interventions. In addition, each student completes three clinical education experiences to apply their skills. Those experiences are available with more than 65 diverse clinical organizations offering opportunities in inpatient, outpatient, long-term and specialty care.

The first graduating class from the college’s physical therapist assistant major, who graduated in August 2018, not only achieved a 100% first-attempt pass rate on the national certification exam, but the graduates have also achieved 100% employment in their field.

To learn more about the college’s physical therapist assistant program, call 570-320-4439.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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