Nashville State Serves as Educational Runway for Dalton West
Dalton West came to Nashville State with a bachelor’s degree, but needed additional instruction so he could apply for physical therapy school. His goal was to be a licensed physical therapist.
He took three science courses at the College to satisfy prerequisites. During his time at Nashville State, he had the support and encouragement he needed to succeed.
“Nashville State was affordable compared to the bigger universities and I would receive the same quality of learning as I would from the other schools,” West said.
Now, after overcoming challenges but staying focused on his goal, as a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a licensed healthcare professional, West is living in Missouri where he works for EmpowerMe Wellness at Cedarhurst of Lebanon, an assisted living community.
“I love my career because I can use practical hands-on treatments and education to help improve my patient’s quality of life.”
His day-to-day activities involve helping rehab patients with joint replacements, pain management, over all conditioning, gait training (walking), and balance training.
While he loves his current job, Dalton’s long-term career goal would be to “eventually manage my own cash-based practice that centers around therapy coupled with healthy lifestyle choices. I am hoping to improve therapy outcomes with education and healthy practices.”
Dalton, like all Nashville State graduates, is making a big difference in the community he lives in. There is no doubt that no matter where he goes, Dalton will have a lasting impact.