Collaboration with PTA!

Flipping your classroom?   Try using members of other departments to supplement best practice ideas!   Learn how Nursing and Physical Therapy plan to collaborate this Fall…

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This semester, my Nursing course, Health Alterations will be collaborating with the Physical Therapy Assistant students for a fun-filled day of learning, demonstrating, and teaching!  This exercise is an attempt at increasing the retention of musculoskeletal (MSK) information for theory and clinical courses.


  • Students will do better on exams and quizzes in Health Alterations as well as be more prepared for second semester clinical.
  • Students will be more engaged in MSK activities/discussion and collaborate with other health care students
  • PTA students will meet the 90% ‘teaching others’ teaching technique with the highest retention of information rate.
  • By having my students be actively involved with ‘experts’ in this field, they will be able to ‘get up and move’ which appeals to the kinesthetic /somatic learners within the SAVI approach.


  • Nursing students will have class in the Apartment on 4th floor of the Health Sciences building
  • After pre-work, Camtasia, short lecture, and group work, PTA students will come to class and demonstrate/teach the Nursing students proper mobility techniques for MSK patients in both clinical and home settings.

What Does This Mean To You?

  • Collaboration with other faculty around campus can be a way to supplement your content using ‘experts’
  • This allows your students to experience other methods of instruction and teaching styles
  • In addition, this collaboration can build relationships and strengthen communication between teams

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