Central Penn College - Maggie Wagner

Central Penn College


Faculty Who Care

Maggie Wagner, PTA
Academic Coordinator Of Clinical Education, PTA Professor

Academic Bio

I completed the Physical Therapist Assitant program here at Central Penn College in 2007. I completed my affiliations at CPRS, where I worked mainly with orthopedic patients. I also completed an affiliation at Holy Spirit Hospital where I worked with geriatrics, intensive care patients, and acute surgeries. Once I graduated, I worked for Select Physical Therapy where I concentrated on manual therapy techniques and mentored with a myofascial therapist. I was the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE) at Select and helped place PT and PTA students across Central PA. I have returned as a student and I am currently working towards my Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management online here at Central Penn College.

Personal Bio

I was born in Pen Argyl, PA (small town above Allentown) and moved to Central PA when I was 5. I live in Harrisburg PA with my husband Robert and my son Reid. I spend most of my time playing with my son and taking walks down to the fire station since he loves the firefighters currently. In my spare time, after studying for my own courses, I love photography and I love to sew. I love to do crafts and create things that I've found on Pinterest! (Who doesn't?!)

What are you most passionate about? 

I have always been passionate about the care of my patients. Making sure that I gave them the best care possible to assist them in returning back to their previous function. Now, I make sure that my students have that same passion and building the field with great therapists.

Teaching Philosophy

I teach my courses by blending both interactive and more traditional teaching/learning techniques. So, I sometimes teach by posing questions or offering up examples and/or scenarios and engaging with students as we address those questions and analyze and interpret those ideas and examples. While this is an important approach to helping students examine new information in my class, I also encourage students to explore new ideas and examples from many other perspectives. In other words, I believe that as a teacher, it is my responsibility to use numerous ways to support student learning as opposed to just a single way. The techniques I employ are usually related to the kind of information we are learning as a class. In any given class, I might help students examine new content through a wide range of possible approaches that are sometimes more interactive and sometimes more teacher-centered. It just depends on the content to be learned. Sometimes lecture is the best choice. Sometimes more open discussion is the best choice. Some of these approaches are powerpoint assisted whole-class lectures, question and answer class discussions, hands-on experiences, small group peer discussions, text reading with written questions, teacher-led video presentations and discussions/lectures, journaling or free writing on relevant topics, and silent or oral reading of important text sections.


  • Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant - Central Penn College '07
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies - Temple University '99

Courses & Subjects:

  • PTA100 - Fundamentals of Physical Therapy
  • ALH280 - Professional Behaviors for the Allied Health Professional
  • PTA298 - Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Practice
  • PTA299 - Internship for Physical Therapist Assistant


  • Pennsylvania Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant 2008-Present
  • CPR Certified 2007-Present
  • Myofascial Release - 2011
  • Graston Technique - 2013