WCU Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Huie, DPT ’17

What brought you to West Coast University as a student?

I was brought to WCU to join their inaugural Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. I was drawn to WCU because they offered small class sizes, new facilities and school equipment, and faculty that were dedicated and motivated to help their students succeed.

What was your most memorable experience at WCU and what did you take away from your time at WCU?

My most memorable experience at WCU was when our cohort volunteered at the Special Olympics World Games. The Special Olympics World Games hosted thousands of athletes with special needs in Los Angeles to compete in many different games and provide medical services. Many of the countries participating in these games are third world countries, so there were services such as dental, vision, physicals, and even providing new shoes. My classmates and I were stationed at physical tent and got to meet inspiring athletes. We were also able to watch these athletes compete in our spare time. It was a great experience because we got to use some of our skills taught in class and spend time together as a class.

How do you think earning your doctorate at WCU has helped you grow professionally?

Earning my doctorate at WCU has helped me grow professionally by offering career service and providing opportunities to network such as APTA, conferences, con-ed classes, volunteer experiences, and alumni events.

If you could give one word of advice to our WCU students, what would it be?

My advice to WCU students is to learn as much as you can to make yourself a well-rounded physical therapist and keep an open mind to new learning experiences. Being in school is your opportunity to figure out what type of therapist you want to become and offers opportunities to see what is out there through the variety of classes, volunteer opportunities and clinical rotations that WCU has to offer.

How are you involved with WCU currently?

I am currently involved with WCU by mentoring students on their clinical rotations. I provide clinical rotations to WCU students because I wanted to give back to WCU and provide a clinic experience that builds on the foundation that WCU provides for future physical therapists. I am also involved with WCU by attending alumni events throughout the year in Northern California.

What does #WCUproud mean to you?

Because I was part of the inaugural class and graduated in 2017, I think #WCUproud still needs to be established for the graduating PTs of WCU. The reputation of the DPT program at WCU is still relatively new so I think it’s up to the first few cohorts to establish our reputation in the physical therapy community. I hope other future physical therapy alumni that are reading this know they are representing WCU and hope they can exemplify what it means to be an outstanding PT in their clinical settings in order to establish and bolster WCU’s reputation.

Why do you think it’s important for our alumni to stay involved with their alma mater, whether is it by attending an alumni event, volunteering their time, or giving to the alumni scholarship fund?

I think it’s important for alumni to stay involved with alumni events because it’s a great way to stay in touch and network. I think it’s important for alumni and anyone, in general, to volunteer their time to give back to their community and to help those in need if you are able to.

Would you like to share a positive message with current DPT students?

Give your best effort in each class, even if it’s not your favorite. The long nights of studying and stressful practicals and tests will all pay off. You are entering one of the best, fulfilling and rewarding careers out there. Also, don’t forget to lock the wheelchair brakes during lab practicals.

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