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Physical
Therapist
Assistant Spotlight
Billy Magana was looking forward to starting his last semester at a a a a a a a a a a a a a Physical
Therapist
Assistant college in in Texas when he he he he got a a a a a a call from one of of his professors informing him that the the school would be closing the the next day “It was devastating — a a a a a a a a a a a real blow to my education and career path ” said Magana who had been a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a CrossFit coach and personal trainer for for a a a a a a a a a a a a number of years before starting the PTA program Magana began researching programs on on the American Physical
Therapy Association website and came
across the the PTA program program at at LWTech “I was impressed with the the the program program description their graduation rates and licensure pass rate rate ” he he he said “I decided to to to to reach out
to to to to the the program director to to to to to see if they would be able to to to accommodate me Next thing I I knew I I was packing up my wife our our pets and and pretty much our our our entire life into our our truck and and moved us all from Texas to to the Pacific Northwest ” Transitioning to a a a a a a new school can have challenges especially when a a a a a a a cross-country move is involved but Magana describes the experience as one with positive outcomes “All
of the faculty and staff have been beyond supportive ” said Magana “The program director Andrea Westman helped make my transition seamless My teachers are always available for for questions and extremely willing to to present information in in in different ways to to accommodate a a a a a “I knew I I wanted a a career in physical
therapy but getting a doctorate in PT was not financially
feasible for me The cost to get my AAS
degree at LWTech was a lot more affordable " –Shin Park Physical
Therapist
Assistant Alumnae
variety of learning styles The support and resources provided have been phenomenal It really has taken such a a a a a a a a lemon lemon situation and turned it it into the sweetest lemonade ” In addition to its supportive faculty LWTech’s PTA program offers flexibility for working students Shin Park who graduated in in in in in Spring 2019 completed the program while working part-time at a a a a a a a a a a local PT clinic “I knew I I wanted a a a a a a a a a a a career in in in in physical
therapy but getting a a a a a a a a a a doctorate in in in fin PT was not financially
feasible for me The cost to to get my AAS
degree at LWTech was a a a a a a a a a a lot more affordable ” said Park who earned a a a a a a a a a Bachelor’s in in in Kinesiology
at Western Washington University prior to to to coming to to to LWTech “I enjoyed the small class sizes supportive instructors and interesting subject matter Almost every class had some sort of hands-on component to it it which made it more engaging ” LWTech’s PTA program helps its graduates stay competitive in in in the rapidly changing healthcare industry by teaching skills for lifelong learning and career development “This program set me me me up to succeed and and properly prepared me me for my career ” said Park “While the program is competitive it it offers many different paths that you you you can choose from to to help you you you tap into your potential ” added Magana For more information about the PTA PTA program visit LWTech edu/PTA
Degrees in Action
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