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Herzing University physical therapy assistant students serve community at clinic

The Herzing University-Brookfield CARE Clinic is a win-win for Herzing physical therapy assistant (PTA) students and the community. Clients get physical therapy treatment they would not ordinarily be able to afford, and students are able to apply their classroom skills in a real-world setting.

The pro bono clinic is focused on helping people who need therapeutic assistance for their ailments but have difficulty paying for it. Students in Herzing’s PTA program work directly with clients under the supervision of faculty physical therapists.

CARE clinic services are offered at no cost and include chronic pain support, orthopedic care, wellness, therapeutic exercise instruction, and neurological care assistance.

“The CARE clinic provides our students with the hands-on learning experience that will prepare them to be successful both in their clinical externships and their careers,” said Dr. Kim DeChant, PTA Department Chair at Herzing. “At the same time, students are able to give back to their community and learn about the importance of communitybased care. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The clinic was developed after former students said they thought a physical therapy outreach program would help the program and community. People who visit the clinic do not have insurance, have inadequate insurance, or have used up their benefits. A visit to the clinic can help them continue and possibly complete their recovery.

This fall, Herzing’s Brookfield campus is moving to the Brookfield Square area near Interstate 94. The 23,000-square-foot building along Bluemound Road will provide more room for the clinic.

“In addition to upgraded classrooms and common areas, we are also expanding our nursing labs and our physical therapy assisting clinic,” said Herzing Brookfield Campus President Jarvis Racine. “This will allow our students to participate in more hands-on learning experiences while accommodating our future growth as we continue to address regional workforce demands.”