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Finlandia Fridays explore PTA Program

October 21, 2022

PTA Joint Mobility Class 2022

The need for skilled rehabilitation services is at an all-time high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare-related jobs are projected to grow faster than the average for jobs in all fields over the next 10 years. 

Offering the only Physical Therapist Assistant program in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Finlandia University is here to prepare students for meaningful and rewarding careers in physical therapy. With a fully equipped lab, and boasting a 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Finlandia’s PTA program focuses on hands-on learning and provides the opportunity to work with modalities you would see in a clinical setting.

The program is accelerated, to be completed in as few as two years, but small class sizes and a newly renovated facility play important roles in what makes Finlandia PTA graduates such highly sought-after prospects for employers. 

In this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays, PTA Program Director Dr. Melanie Thurmond joins the show to celebrate PT Month. Sitting down with host Jordan Shawhan, the pair have an exciting conversation about FinnU’s PTA program and what it has to offer. You won’t want to miss this week’s episode.

ICYMI: Make sure to check out this recent article about FinnU PTA students gaining hands-on experience just weeks into their first semester at college!



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