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Dr. Carol Clayton remembered as 'guiding force' for College's PTA Program

Dr. Carol Clayton was program manager for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Seminole State.

Dr. Carol Clayton, former program manager for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Seminole State College of Florida, passed away Sunday, March 30. She was 67.

Clayton guided the PTA Program at Seminole State for more than 20 years. She retired in 2013.

"Carol is considered the inspiration and guiding force for Seminole State's Physical Therapist Assistant Program," says Cheryl Cicotti, associate dean of the Nursing Program at Seminole State. "As the program manager, she was instrumental in the continuing excellence of the program, its faculty and students and in helping the program earn national recognition."

Seminole State's PTA graduates have received a perfect pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for six of the past 10 years. In 2012, Clayton received the F.A. Davis Award for Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Educator. She was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for her “demonstrated commitment to teaching, promoting and defining education” in her field throughout her teaching career.

Clayton also assisted on the development of the Physical Therapist Assistant Online Clinical Performance Instrument, which is now actively used by PTA programs across the United States. In 2005, she received an Endowed Teaching Chair Award, recognizing her achievements in teaching, from the Foundation for Seminole State College.

After receiving her bachelor’s in Physical Therapy and master’s in Health Sciences Education from Indiana University, Clayton received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. For more than 40 years, Clayton was a practicing physical therapist, teaching in several colleges and universities.

Visitation for Clayton will be held at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home in Sanford on Friday, April 4, from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at All Souls Catholic Church Chapel in Sanford on Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m.

At the request of her family, the Foundation has established the Dr. Carol Clayton PTA Scholarship Fund. To make a donation, visit the Foundation's donation website or call the Foundation at 407.708.4569 or 407.708.4570. 

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