Physical Therapy Department News!

May 2015 Graduation

We are happy to announce the graduation of 24 Entry-level Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) students, two Postprofessional Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT) students, and one Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) student.  We are proud of the accomplishments of these graduates. The 24 BHS graduates will continue working on their DPT degrees.

The Postprofessional students have completed the following research capstones as part of their degree requirements: 

  • Manual Therapy Assessment and Treatment of the Shoulder Girdle – Timothy Collins, DScPT; Caryn Pierce, chair
  • Treatment of secondary Otalgia of Temporomandibular Joint and Cervical Spine Origin with Orthopedic Manual Therapy – Nicholas Smith, DScPT; Lori Walton, chair
  • The Reliability of a novel method of evaluating Forward Functional Reach (FFR) test – Ali Zareh, tDPT; Lee Olson, chair

Some of the Entry Level Grads


The Postprofessional Grads 


  Postprofessional Graduation Reception



New Anatomy Lab

Take a look at the new anatomy lab in the PT department. 


Operation Christmas Child

Students from the Department of Physical Therapy participated in another Operation Christmas Child service project in 2013.  This began as a PT department initiative and has become a campus annual wide event; this year nearly 250 shoe boxes were packed by students, staff and faculty.  

Since 1993, the international relief organization Samaritan's Purse has run Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Sharing the good news of God's love with hurting boys and girls is the heart of Operation Christmas Child. The boxes serve as reminders that there is a God who loves them and who sent His best gift, Jesus Christ, to be their Savior. Each shoe box is packed with small presents and personal items for the children. Each box also contains literature on the gospels and an opportunity for the child to receive Bible lessons. To participate, simply pack a shoebox with small toys, school supplies, hygiene products, and other small presents. Include $7 in cash with your box or donate online at to cover shipping costs.
OCC 2013 Picture


Physical Therapy Class of 2014 Video