NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 24, 2019) — National Seating & Mobility (NSM) the leading provider of complex rehabilitation, mobility and accessibility solutions in the U.S. and Canada, is championing the development of future Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) with the launch of the NSM ATP Apprenticeship Program. The 12-month integrated program, led by NSM’s Training and Development Department, incorporates mentor shadowing, an 8-week online curriculum, monthly assignments and peer-to-peer collaboration calls to provide a 360-degree learning experience preparing apprentices for the ATP certification exam.
“NSM is proud to invest in the next generation of ATPs,” said Bill Mixon, NSM CEO. “The ATP Apprenticeship program is thoughtfully designed to provide a holistic view of the profession, ensuring that participants not only are prepared for the certification exam, but are equipped with experience, knowledge, and a network of support that put them well on the way to a successful ATP career.”
Apprentices accompany mentors on equipment deliveries and client evaluations, complete mandatory assignments from NSM’s partner OccupationalTherapy.com and are required to take a series of online courses on NSM University, the company’s learning management system. NSM also provides a study kit for the ATP exam and covers the first time exam fee for apprentices. A development track is available to participants needing additional preparation in specific areas of study.
Program participants may include NSM Technicians who are interested in pursuing an ATP career, recent college graduates, or Physical and Occupational Therapists who are interested in making a career change. NSM is also partnering with universities across the U.S. to bring awareness to the ATP profession.
The ATP Apprenticeship Program is one of many NSM programs driving operational excellence within the company and inspiring best practices within the industry.
About National Seating Mobility
National Seating & Mobility is the nation’s premier Complex Rehab Technology Solutions provider, partnering with physicians, therapists and clients across the U.S. to design customized innovative mobility, rehabilitation and adaptive product solutions for individuals with disabilities. Founded in 1992, the company has grown from five locations to a national network of professional Assistive Technology Providers (ATPs). National Seating & Mobility has earned the highest professional accreditation from the independent, not-for-profit, The Joint Commission. As preeminent accrediting body for U.S. healthcare organizations, The Joint Commission maintains unrivaled industry standards. For more information visit nsm-seating.com.