October is National Physical Therapy Month which gives an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapy. Physical Therapy (PT) is a branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities.

“There are a lot of people who know what physical therapy consists of, so it’s great to bring awareness to what PT is and how it improves movement and quality of life for people," stated Sue Bravard, PT, MS, Mercy College Physical Therapist Assistant Program Chair.

Mercy College is celebrating National Physical Therapy Month by thanking the following clinical partners who provided physical therapist assistant students with hands-on learning opportunities this year:

  • 21st Century Rehab – Altoona, Carlisle, Dallas County, Knoxville, Story County
  • Athletico – Norwalk
  • Boone County Hospital
  • Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Clarke County Hospital
  • Johnston Physical Therapy
  • Kinetic Edge
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • MercyOne Medical Centers – Des Moines, Newton
  • MercyOne Home Care
  • MercyOne Physical Therapy Clinics – Pleasant Hill, Riverside Rehab, Walnut Ridge
  • Millennium Therapy
  • On With Life
  • Select Physical Therapy – Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines Downtown, Marshalltown
  • Select Rehabilitation – Wesley Acres
  • UnityPoint – Prairie Trail
  • VA Central Iowa Health Care System

Mercy College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program is a five-semester associate degree that incorporates classroom instruction, practice in skills lab, and clinical experience. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant National Physical Therapy Exam.

Ready to start your PT career? Now accepting applications for spring 2020 visit www.mchs.edu/apply.

About Mercy College of Health Sciences
Mercy College of Health Sciences is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Located in downtown Des Moines, Mercy College prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community with a wide-range of bachelor, associate, and certificate programs. Visit www.mchs.edu/pta or call (515) 643-3180 to learn how you can start a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant.