Columbia State Hosts Physical Therapy Seminar

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Oct. 30, 2019) - - -Columbia State Community College’s Office of Access and Diversity hosted Tennessee State University physical therapy educators and students for a Physical Therapy Career Options and Direction seminar in recognition of physical therapy month for area students.

“Statistics indicate that very limited minorities major in and are successful in the doctor of physical therapy degree,” said Dr. Christa Martin, Columbia State assistant to the president for access and diversity and City of Columbia vice mayor.“This is a long term recruitment and awareness tool about the career and the rigors and rewards of majoring in physical therapy.”

The TSU physical therapy professionals, educators and students gave extensive information regarding the rigors, costs and structure of the program. They expressed the importance of time management and studying.

The Office of Access and Diversity develops and implements programs, activities and initiatives in an effort to heighten the awareness, presence and success of ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups. Columbia State works to establish a safe, nurturing and accessible environment that fosters the free and civil exchange of ideas and perspectives. To learn more, visit

TSU and Columbia State Reps stand in front of a blue wall
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Representatives from Tennessee State University were presented with a proclamation recognizing October as physical therapy month from The City of Columbia.(Pictured, left to right): Dr. Ronald Barredo, Tennessee State University interim dean for the College of Health Sciences and professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy; Dr. O. T. Olumnide Aderoba, geriatric certified specialist at AMEDISYS, Home Health and Hospice Care; Dr. Deborah Edmonson, Tennessee State University professor and director of clinical education; and Dr. Christa Martin, Columbia State assistant to the president for access and diversity and City of Columbia vice mayor.

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