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PS1.4: Specialty Clinical Experience in Seating and Mobility

As the number of individuals with disabilities requiring mobility assistance increases, there is a greater need for therapists to be trained in Seating and Mobility. Lack of access to trained professionals puts patients at risk for suboptimal care. The CTF and APTA are collaborating to address this need. Part-time and full-time clinical experiences for PT students were developed to train new clinicians. In addition to the CPI, students completed an evaluation and a follow-up survey.


Learning Objectives:

Identify at least two reasons for training physical therapy students in seating and mobility.

Identify at least two appropriate learning experiences in seating and mobility for entry level physical therapy students.

Analyze student feedback and program outcomes.



Penny J. Powers, PT, MS, ATP
Vanderbilt Medical Center - Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute
Nashville, Tennessee
United States

Penny J. Powers, MS, PT, ATP is a Level IV PT at Pi Beta Rehabilitation Institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a graduate of Russell Sage College and holds a Master's Degree from Northwestern University. She attained her ATP certification from RESNA in 2004. She is a member of the Clinician Task Force BOD. Accepted presentations include RESNA, APTA CSM and ISS. She serves as adjunct faculty at Belmont University, DPT program.

Renee Brown, PT, PhD
Belmont University, Program in Physical Therapy
Nashville, TN
United States

Dr. Renee Brown received her BS in Physical Therapy from Daemen College, an advanced Masters in Neurologic Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina and her PhD in Neuroscience from UT - Dallas. She has been a practicing physical therapist for over 30 years specializing in neurologic rehabilitation. She is currently Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy at Belmont University and serves as the Academic Residency Director for the Vanderbilt/Belmont Neurologic Residency Program.



    1. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Serivces (2016). Power Mobility Documentation Checklist. Retrieved online from
    2. Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (n.d.). Assistive Technology/Seating & Wheeled Mobility SIG. Retrieved online from
    3. Department of Heath & Human Services (2009). Medicare Coverage of Power Mobility Devices (PMDs): Power Wheelchairs and Power Operated Vehicles (POVs). Retrieved online from

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