John Andraka

John Andraka Faculty

High School
Fixed-term Faculty
College of Health Professions
Physical Therapy
John is afraid of heights, but loves roller coasters.​​​​​​​​​

“Interacting with students at that moment when they ‘get’ a concept is really great.”

John Andraka has been teaching physical therapy courses at the doctoral level at CMU for five years. In that time, he’s instructed hundreds of students and directed the university’s Hands for Health Clinic, a pro bono clinic dedicated to providing physical therapy services for underinsured members of the Mount Pleasant community.

“The opportunity to become involved in a pro bono, student-managed PT clinic, such as Hands for Health, is a unique, beneficial and rewarding opportunity for students at CMU as well as the community,” he said.

In addition to providing a much-needed service to the community, said John, it’s equally as rewarding to give CMU students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a real-world setting before they even graduate.

According to John, CMU goes above and beyond when it comes to unique hands-on experiences for their students. Allowing students to work side by side with a practicing Doctor of Physical Therapy while still in school is a priceless and unique experience that will serve them well post-graduation.

“I really like that Hands for Health provides our PT students an opportunity to practice and continue to improve upon their clinical skills under the supervision of a licensed PT. The students seem to really appreciate the opportunity to work with ‘real patients’ while in school,” he said.


Fast Facts


John was nominated for Instructor of the Year by the Michigan Physical Therapy Association in 2012.


He also is the director of the Hands for Health pro bono physical therapy clinic, which provides physical therapy to underinsured community members.


His favorite class to teach is Pathophysiology II, because the students are usually athletic and can relate to the types of injuries studied in the course.