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Why Health?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations related to health care is projected to increase in coming years. Employment growth is expected to be driven by technological advances in patient care, which permits a greater number of health problems to be treated, and by an increasing emphasis on preventive care. In addition, the number of older people, who are much more likely than younger people to need nursing care, is projected to grow rapidly.

Browse the health programs (listed on the left) and schedule an appointment to talk with us about your new exciting career in a growing field.

Exploring Health Careers – This free online Canvas course introduces the student to how healthcare and public health are organized and services are delivered in the U.S. It introduces the student to job opportunities and expectations in the healthcare settings” Register here.

Meet the leaders of these exciting careers!  Our Dean and Directors have over 100 years of combined experience and are here to help you succeed in the health field.

Christopher GaseChristopher Gase, Dean of Health Technologies, has worked in the healthcare field for over 25 years with varying levels of responsibilities. Most recently, he was the Director of Clinical Services at the Bucyrus Community Hospital.

Chris earned an MBA from Tiffin University, a BS in Business and Health Technologies from Heidelberg College, and an associate degree from MTC in MLT. Chris also has his MLS (ASCP) certification. He has been with Marion Technical College since 2010.


Chad HenselDR. CHAD C. HENSEL, PT, DPT, MHS, CSCS, is a licensed, clinical physical therapist and the Director, of the PTA Program at MTC. He has over 18 years of experience in sports medicine, orthopedics, subacute care, neurological rehabilitation, and work hardening. Dr. Hensel continues to work in the clinic at OhioHealth's Marion Medical campus where he is one of six lead Physical Therapists.

He has been on the faculty of the PTA programs at Sinclair Community College and Andrews University where he taught Intro to Pharmacology, Anatomy, and Therapeutic Exercise, pharmacotherapeutics, medical terminology and physiology, and developed pharmacology course content for the transitional doctorate program. Additionally, Dr. Hensel lectures nationally for Cross Country Education, a provider of continuing education for health care professionals.

Dr. Hensel attended Bowling Green State University in consortium with the Medical College of Ohio for his undergraduate in Physical Therapy Education, and completed his Master of Health Science degree and Physical Therapy Doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Hensel is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Weight Trainer with the International Weightlifting association.


Deb MyersDeb Myers is the Director of Medical Imaging Programs. Deb has over twenty years of experience as an ultrasound and radiology technologist at Marion General and Wyandot Memorial hospitals.  Before MTC, she was the Director of Operations at University Center Imaging in Marion.  While there, she instructed MTC students in ultrasound procedures. 

Deb completed her Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Sienna Heights University and completed her Master’s of Education program from the University of Phoenix.

Deb is active in several community organizations including the Rotary Club, Women’s Business Council, American Cancer Society Board, Turning Point Board, Marion County Youth Foundation Board, and the United Way.


Christina Manley is the Margie White Director of Health Information Technologies at Marion Technical College.

For the past five years, Christina has been full time faculty for the Marion Technical College Health Information Technologies program, as well as, the Course Coordinator for Allied Health for four of those years. Christina is currently credentialed through the American Health Information Management Association as a Registered Health Information Technologies Technician (RHIT).  While pursing and earning her first Bachelor of Science at The Ohio State University in Human Ecology, specializing in Certified Family Financial Planning, she worked for a prominent health insurance company. Upon graduation she worked as a Financial Analyst and Mutual Fund Accountant. She later pursued and earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and simultaneously worked on and earned her Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology at Marion Technical College.

Christina gained additional experience in the health information technology field by working several positions in the Health Information Management Department for two hospitals and by working in the billing department for a skilled nursing facility.  In addition, Christina obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Cincinnati in Health Information Management Administration.


Chad SchneiderDr. Chad Schneider is the Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Chad formerly held an Occupational Therapist position with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.  In that position he provided school-based occupational therapy services to the Marion County school districts. He has also provided comprehensive occupational therapy services including inpatient acute rehabilitation, out-patient OT services, evaluations of neurosurgery patients, and psychosocial occupational therapy interventions in a partial hospital program/outpatient program at the UIC Medical Center in Chicago.  Chad was the Assistant Director of the foreign Language Center at OSU Main Campus.  He also has teaching experience from OSU, Hamburg City Schools in Hamburg Germany as well as the University of Illinois.

Chad has earned his PhD from OSU in Education with a minor in Technologies of Instruction and Media.  He holds a BS in Occupational Therapy from University of Illinois and a BS in Education from OSU.  Chad speaks fluent German and Spanish.


Cynthia HartmanCynthia Hartman is the Dean of Nursing Technologies, and joined the MTC faculty in 2002 as a full-time faculty member in the Nursing Program.  Prior to that she taught nursing at North Central State College. She has been a Registered Nurse for 37 years and has worked in a variety of staff and management positions in both acute care and community settings.

Hartman has an Associate Degree in Nursing from MTC, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Ashland University, a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Otterbein University, and she is a Certified Nurse Educator through the American Nurses' Credentialing Center. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.

Special interests in nursing education include clinical instruction and evidence-based practice. She is a lifelong resident of the Marion area. Hartman is a member of Altrusa International of Marion, Ohio. Outside interests include animal rescue and children’s health.


Peggy SmithPeggy Smith is the Director of Medical Assisting Program She is an MTC graduate of the Medical Laboratory Technology program and worked  as a  lab tech in two hospital labs. She was hired at MTC to do lab prep and to assist in teaching lab courses for the MLT program prior to becoming the MA Program Director. 

Peggy completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management from Franklin University and her Master’s in Education from University of Phoenix.  She is certified as an MLT and a Medical Assistant.



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