Welcome to the Student page!

Look around this page to see all that APTA Geriatrics has to offer for students! We are currently expanding. Check out our student leadership, student spotlight, student newsletter, resources, and social media to find out where you best fit here! There is a spot for everyone so do not worry, we can help you find where you belong! Check out the video from APTA Geriatrics President who will update you on all we have to offer for students and what it means to be a member at APTA Geriatrics.

Special Interest Groups

Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Get connected to one of our SIGS! 


What is SIG?? SIG stands for Special Interest Group. A SIG is designed to connect a group of people who are interested in a specific subsection within a larger organization. Joining a SIG in APTA Geriatrics, allows you to be a part of promoting the advancement, sharing knowledge and developing excellence in a certain area of older adult care. 


When joining a SIG you can be as involved as you want! You can be a passive member and take advantage of all the resources that the group is producing OR you can be an active member and get involved in the current research or leadership roles! Utilize the SIG’s to find out what you love most about treating older adults!


Here at APTA Geriatrics we have six SIG groups. Click here to learn more about each!


  • Balance and Falls
  • Bone Health
  • Cognitive and Mental Health
  • Health Promotion and Wellness
  • Global Health for Ageing Adults
  • Residency and Fellowship

Student Leadership

Still not sure what to do next? Reach out to our student task force via email geriatrics@aptageriatrics.org and let them know more about you and what you love so they can help you find your place here! 

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Student Created Geriatrics Brochures

Annual Student Video Contest

Each year, APTA Geriatrics supports a consumer video contest in which PT and PTA students submit original videos on topics related to physical therapy and the ageing adult. Judging takes place prior to the Combined Section Meeting which occurs in February. Winners will have their videos posted to the APTA Geriatrics YouTube channel and website.


  • Please include this contest in your syllabi plan:
    • To upload your submission (must be a video file and not a link), please click here
    • Contact Dana Murn, CAE at dmurn@aptageriatrics.org for more information.
    • The deadline to submit a Consumer Video for the next contest is November 15, 2022.


Eligibility: The student contributor(s) must be enrolled in a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program when they submit their video.

Contest Rules:

    • Submissions are accepted January 1 – November 15 for consideration at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) the following January or February. See “Submission” section for more information.
    • All entries must be a digital video
    • The length of the video should not exceed 2 minutes
    • All entries should begin with a “title screen” that includes the following information:
      • Lead producer’s names
      • School name
      • School city, state
      • Title of video
    • All information in the video must be cited, giving credit to the original source.
    • No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.
    • All entries must be submitted in English, if entries are not in English they must include English subtitles.
    • All submitted videos become the property of the APTA Geriatrics. Winning and honorable mention videos will be posted on the website and social media pages.
    • The top three entrants will receive a year’s student membership to APTA Geriatrics.


  • Email a URL link of the entrant video to Dana Murn, CAE at dmurn@aptageriatrics.org
  • Deadline for entries is November 15
  • Please include the following information in your email:
    • Subject: APTA Geriatrics Student Video Contest
    • Body:
      • URL link of video. Actual video files will be requested from finalists ONLY.
      • Contact information of all students who worked on the video (names and email addresses).
      • If the video was created for class, please include the professor’s name and email.

Judging Criteria:

  • Inspiration/Creativity: How interesting is the video to watch?
  • Appropriateness of Topic: How relevant is the topic selected for aging adults?
  • Accuracy: Is the information presented accurate and free of bias?
  • Clarity: How well does the video explain the concept? (Consumer friendly language free of medical terminology and jargon)
  • Quality: What is the overall quality of production (including visual and sound elements)
  • Rules: Did the video comply with contest rules?


1st Place

High Performance Ageing

Connor Smith, John Tagulao, Kerry Simmonds, and Matthew Nauman; San Diego State University from San Diego, CA

2nd Place

Is Exercise Safe for Older Adults

Christy Astorga, Andrea Farmer, and Rebecca Wymer; University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL

3rd Place

Urinary Incontinence in the Older Adult

Elise Stuart and Yessie Koontz; University of North Florida DPT in Jacksonville, FL

Honorable Mention

Movement to Minimize Memory Loss

Bianca Gallegos, Marcus Hayes, and Morgan; University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL