24Feb Physical Therapist Assisting: Helping Patients Get on Their Feet by Wendy Weichenthal (Marion) Every year, millions of Americans need physical therapy to help them gain or regain movement or ease pain. Patients from infants to senior citizens count on physical therapist assistants to help them exercise, provide treatment and educate patients and their families. The field is expected to grow by 29% over the next decade. In addition, this field pays an average of $58,790 with an associate degree. Part-time and full-time work is available in a variety of settings, including medical offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and in patients’ homes. Dr. Chad Hensel “It is rewarding to see patients make progress, whether it’s a child with a disability that learns to walk or a stroke patient that regains their mobility and independence,” said Dr. Chad Hensel, director of Physical Therapy Assisting at Marion Tech. “If you are motivated to help patients improve, this is a great field.” The Marion Tech program is fully accredited and has an excellent record of success. In 2019: 95% of graduates passed the National Physical Therapy Exam 100% of those students were employed in this field after graduation vThe physical therapist assistant program has a new, state-of-the-art lab. Students learn on cadavers in the Anatomy and Physiology Lab as well as do virtual dissection with the anatomage table. Marion Tech also has many transfer partners for those who would like to go on to get a bachelor’s degree or doctorate. The anatomage table. The application deadline is March 1. For more information, visit: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) – Marion Technical College (mtc.edu).