Idaho State University’s Chandra Price is dedicated to helping people rebound from physical injury or illness and improving access to quality health care for underserved Idahoans.
She’s scheduled to graduate in spring 2016 with two degrees—an associate degree that will enable her to work as a physical therapist assistant and a bachelor’s degree in health care administration. As a PT assistant, she’ll work under the supervision of a physical therapist, helping with patient assessments and carrying out treatment programs to assist with patient rehabilitation.“Exercise is one of the best medicines,” said Price, explaining her interest in physical therapy. “Í love the medical aspect of helping people— helping them to feel better and get better.”
Price chose ISU because the university offered the PT assistant and health administration programs and quickly grew to love campus life and Pocatello’s hometown feel. Her favorite classes are physical therapy assessment and kinesiology—challenging classes that explain in detail how the human body works.
“I really like the professors. They are passionate about what they teach,” she said.
Price is a Career Path Intern with the Institute of Rural Health, a job that requires her to handle marketing duties for ISU-Meridian’s free community health screenings. She creates posters, fliers, handles social media and works with ISU’s marketing team to promote the events, which include six free health screenings a year for underserved and uninsured adults living in the Treasure Valley.
“Preventive care is the first step to maintaining life-long health,” she said.
Price also works part time at Physical Therapy Specialists of Idaho in Pocatello where she provides office and clinic support. When she’s not glued to her classroom studies or working, Price likes to golf, enjoy the outdoors and ride her horse Oakley.
“That’s my peaceful quiet time,” she said.
Price grew up on a small ranch in Emmett, about 30 miles northwest of Boise. When she graduates, she hopes to land a job as a physical therapist assistant.