Advising and Counseling
Vicki Eggum serves as an academic advisor to in-program PTA students.
PTA Program Advising Philosophy
The PTA program subscribes to a philosophy of “intrusive advising”, in which every advisor takes a proactive role in anticipating and meeting the needs of her advisees. All PTA faculty advisors are held responsible for acquiring the knowledge necessary to direct and refer students appropriately. We acquire this knowledge via attendance at regular advising meetings and registration events, and by maintaining a relationship with the director of advising and other critical referral sources, such as the Registrar’s office, the personal counselor, the learning center staff, and the career counselor. In addition to regular meetings with advisees, other elements of intrusive advising include initiating contact with students regularly by phone or email, responding in a timely manner to students’ requests for assistance, and modeling of the behaviors needed for academic success and for managing the academic system. We strive to serve as a resource for students while empowering them to develop their own problem-solving skills. We recognize the challenge of intrusive advising when we serve in multiple roles for the student (advisor/teacher/program director) and the impact this may have on our advising relationships.
Advisors meet formally with each advisee at least one time per semester prior to the advisee entering the program, and one to two times per semester (or more) once the advisee has begun his/her PTA program courses. In addition to reviewing the student’s plans for registration for the following semester, meetings may also include discussion of the student’s academic progress to date and/or assessment of her/his “generic abilities” (behaviors not unique to physical therapy but necessary for success in the clinical setting).