"I began my career in health care as a nursing assistant, then trained as a unit secretary and worked in an acute care setting for over ten years before graduating as a physical therapist assistant. I was drawn to physical therapy because I liked the idea of making an impact in someone's life. Knowing that my actions helped improve someone's quality of life brings a me a great sense of fulfillment. I believe that in addition to a sound knowledge base and competent clinical skills, students must graduate with good communication skills and the ability to interact in a professional manner. I expect students to take personal responsibility for their educational process. My philosophy is that health care providers are, and must be, held to a high standard of clinical competence and behavior. The skill level, decision-making, communication and behavior that is expected of a health care professional is strongly emphasized in all the classes that I teach. I also believe in being a role model for my students. I promote active involvement in your professional organization and teach by example. I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a member of the APTAs Education Section. I am also an active member of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association. I am currently the VPTA Mountain District's chair of student relations and a member of the nominating committee. I am currently the secretary of the PTA Special Interest Group and have held past offices of vice-president and president."
Rebecca J. Duff, M.S.
Program Director of Physical Therapist Assistant
A.S., Jefferson College of Health Sciences
B.S., Jefferson College of Health Sciences
M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University