Del Mar College Physical Therapist Assistant student Adrian Cantu was nominated and elected as the Texas PTA Student Delegate during a recent state physical therapy conference. Twenty-one PTA students from Del Mar traveled to Arlington to attend the Texas Physical Therapy Association conference Oct. 22-25.

“It’s a great organization that advocates for physical therapy,” Cantu said. “While I was there I attended classes, met employers and longtime professionals, and went to meetings that opened my eyes to different aspects of physical therapy.”

Cantu was elected as the Texas PTA Student Delegate from a group of his peers, as well as hundreds of other PTA students from around the state.

“I was very excited and very much humbled by the opportunity and meeting the other students who were elected,” Cantu said.

As the selected PTA Student Delegate, Cantu will represent the voice of all Texas PTA students at the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates in Nashville, Tennessee, in June 2016. The House of Delegates is the APTA body that determines policies for the profession of physical therapy.

“I will be taking notes on how these policies will influence professionals and members, and relaying these notes to student PTs and PTAs,” Cantu said.

According to Jan Spigner, DMC Physical Therapist Assistant Program director, “Hundreds of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, from every state in the nation, attend the House of Delegates each year.”

The 2016 House of Delegates will be held from June 6-8, 2016. For more information, contact Spigner at 361-698-1848 or jspigner@delmar.edu.

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