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February 8th, 2023 – A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Developing a SPHM program in a Community College setting

Presented and recorded live February 8th from 2 PM – 3 PM Eastern


Integrating SPHM into Allied Health and Nursing curricula into community college and university settings has many hurdles. The literature gives us a few examples of teaching methods. However, the practicalities of how to get a program started, help it grow, and how to get faculty and student buy-in is lacking.

This webinar serves to illustrate one community college’s journey from 2 hours of body mechanics training for students to over 2,000 sq ft dedicated SPHM lab space and SPHM classes integrated into RN, CNA, PTA, Nuclear Med, Ultrasound, Surgical Technology and Medical Radiography programs.

Objectives – After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key stakeholders Nursing and Allied Health college programs.
  • Identify challenges to incorporating SPHM into Nursing and Allied Health programs at colleges and universities.
  • Identify practical strategies and methods for beginning and growing a sustainable SPHM program in a higher education setting.

Meet the Speaker(s)

Kirsten Berdahl, PT, MEd, CSPHA
A Physical Therapist, Kirsten Berdahl worked for 11 years in multiple settings before embarking on a teaching career that lasted over 25 years. During her tenure in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona she founded a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility program that grew to include over 2000 sq feet of lab space with multiple lines of equipment. She has introduced regular SPHM instruction to students in multiple Nursing and Allied Health programs at GWCC, some of which are now integrating SPHM into their regular curriculum. She serves as the SPHM Lab manager. She is on the board of directors of the ASPHP and helped create the Socrates Award for faculty teaching SPHM in a higher education setting.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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