People in rural and underserved areas deserve access to physical therapy—and including physical therapists (PTs) in the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) could make that access possible. Plus, participating in the NHSC could qualify PTs for a student loan repayment program.
In other words, it’s advocacy time.
On November 4-5, students in PT and physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs will lead association members and supporters in a “Flash Action” to advocate for allowing PTs to participate in the NHSC and its Student Loan Repayment Program. That program repays up to $50,000 in outstanding student loans to certain health care professionals who agree to work for at least 2 years in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area.