Central Penn College - Taylor Lentz

Central Penn College

 

Faculty Who Care

Taylor R. Lentz, LAT, ATC, PTA
Faculty Instructor, PTA Program

Academic Bio

I am a licensed and certified athletic trainer as well as a licensed physical therapist assistant. I earned by bachelor of science in Athletic Training from Bridgewater College. Following graduation, I practiced athletic training for a local high school where I primarily worked with the men's and women's basketball programs. As much as I loved practicing with the athlete's on the sidelines, my passion was really in rehabilitating the athlete's following an injury. My drive to rehabilitate the athlete's in the athletic training room, opened my eyes to physical therapy. I earned my associates of science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant from Central Penn College. Upon graduation, I was employed by Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania where I primarily worked in their inpatient rehabilitation center during the day and athletic trained at Lebanon Catholic School in the evenings for their basketball programs. I transitioned into Academia in January 2018, when I began as an instructor with the Physical Therapist Assistant Program here at Central Penn. Although I am working full-time at the college, I have a desire to remain competent in my field and therefore I continue to work PRN in the outpatient setting for physical therapy.

Personal Bio 

I was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, but now I live in Harrisburg with my husband, Dustin, and our Bernese Mountain Dog, Jaxon. I am known as the instructor who may have a minor obsession with her dog (and I cannot even deny it). I am even able to admit that I may have an unhealthy obsession with all animals. With my degrees in athletic training and PTA and my husband's doctorate in physical therapy, you can say that fitness and health are extremely important to us. We enjoy to work out, hike, and we try to travel as much as possible. We also have a very active role at our church; Lifepoint Church in Harrisburg. Family is one of the most important aspects of my life and I try to spend as much time with them as possible.

What are you most passionate about?

I am very passionate about health and fitness as a whole and I hope my excitement and love for physical therapy rubs off onto our students. The health care field is one of the most rewarding professions in my opinion and I love that I am able to share my passion for our profession with our students.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the classroom should be a safe, positive, and open environment for everyone to freely express their opinions and thoughts. I will treat each and every one of my students with respect. In turn, I expect that each of the students will respect one another, respect our profession, and respect me as your instructor. I aim to bring excitement, an open-mind, enriched knowledge, and positive environment to our classroom on a daily basis. I have an active and hands-on approach to learning and firmly believe that to become the best clinician, the student's must be comfortable, confident, and competent in your skills.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training - Bridgewater College
  • Associates of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant - Central Penn College

Courses & Subjects:

  • BIO 105 - Human Development
  • PTA 155 - PTA Procedures
  • PTA 160 - Pathophysiology I
  • PTA 260 - Pathophysiology II

Certifications:

  • Pennsylvania licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, 2012 to present
  • Pennsylvania licensed Athletic Trainer, 2011 to present
  • Certified Athletic Trainer through the Board of Certification, 2011 to present
  • CPR/AED Certified for the Professional Rescuer, 2011 to present