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Lanier Tech pursues program in physical therapy

Meeting Tuesday night at conference center

POSTED: June 24, 2013 12:30 a.m.
 

Lanier Technical College is holding a meeting Tuesday night for anyone interested in a potential new physical therapy assistant program.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at the college’s Forsyth Conference Center. Those wanting to attend should call (770) 781-6800 to sign up for the session.

With a mix of classroom, lab and clinical education experiences, the two-year program, which will be housed at the Forsyth campus, would prepare students for entry-level positions as physical therapy assistants, or PTAs.

According to information from Lanier Tech, PTAs in the north Georgia area earn an average of more than $57,000 a year, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that their employment will rise 46 percent between 2010-20.

The college is seeking accreditation of the new program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

If approved, Patty Stancil would serve as the program director. Stancil, who holds a doctorate degree, is a graduate of Emory University’s physical therapist program and has 10 years’ experience in the field with Northside Hospital-Forsyth and Amedisys Home Health Care.

Stancil called the field “a rewarding, high-demand career that offers a fun and flexible work environment.”

“Graduates of our program will leave prepared to treat patients of all ages and abilities under the supervision of a physical therapist in a variety of settings,” she said in a statement.

 

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