Doctor in Physical Therapy and PTA to PT Bridge program (2022)

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Advance your vocation to serve those in need Questions? We’re here to help DPT Admissions Priority DPT Admission Accelerated DPT Admission Admission into the DPT Track of the Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science Accelerated Admission for CUW students Admission Policy St. Norbert College Students Elizabeth AlfonsiPT, DPT, ATC, Director of Clincial Education Bio Education Research Interests Teaching Interests Hannah BakerPT, DPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy Bio Education Contributions Research Interests Teaching Interests Robert BarnhartPT, MS, ScDPT, Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy - Emeritus Bio Education Presentations Research Interests Teaching Interests Kate BennettPT, DPT, ATC, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy Education Research Interests Teaching Interests Lee J. ColemanPT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Bio Education Research Interests Teaching Interests Dale GerkeScD Bio Education Presentations Research Interests Teaching Interests Lois HarrisonPT, DPT, MS, CHAIS Bio Education Contributions Research Interests Teaching Interests Kathy J. LemleyPT, BSPT, MS, PhD Bio Education Contributions Presentations Research Interests Teaching Interests Elizabeth L. PalyPT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist Bio Education Contributions Research Interests Teaching Interests Halee ShepardPT, DPT, MBA, EdD Education Stacy C. StolzmanPT, MPT, PhD Bio Education Contributions Presentations Research Interests Teaching Interests Bobbie Vergo OTD, OTR/L Bio Education Research Interests Teaching Interests Loading Learning Outcome Data Cognitive Psychosocial Physical Skills FAQs Videos

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We are committed to developing health care professionals who have a sound foundation in movement science and are prepared for safe, autonomous, and ethical practice as physical therapists within a changing health care environment. Through this program, our faculty seek to foster personal growth in mind, body, and spirit for Christian service to the community.

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  • Physical Therapist (PT)
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  • Pediatric PT

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Program Overview

Through the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you’ll receive the in-depth training for entry-level practice of physical therapy as a generalist clinician. Over the course of your studies, you’ll explore not only the scientific underpinnings of this profession, but also the professional characteristics of a leader in health care. You’ll learn how to supervise PT staff and personnel, create programs that promote healthy living, and follow the legal and ethical standards of clinical practice.

The physical therapy program at CUW is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Graduation from a CAPTE-accredited program is required for eligibility to sit for the licensing exam, for which Concordia graduates have an overall first time three year pass rate is 100%.

Our comprehensive Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum includes coursework in human anatomy and motion, therapeutic exercise, neuroscience, clinical decision making and problem solving, and musculoskeletal disorders, to name just a few. This learning will take place out in the field and in our state-of-the-art-facilities, which include a human anatomy lab with cadavers.

Our graduate program welcomes students from many different colleges and universities. However, those of you who enroll in CUW as undergraduate freshman and take all of your science courses at the Mequon campus will receive special perks for your commitment. These include being eligible for priority admission to the Doctorate program and the opportunity to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 6 rather than 7 years. Learn more on the admission tab.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

The class of 2020 had a 100% first time pass rate on the licensure exam.

CUW 2020: 100.0% average score = 699.2/800

National overall pass rate 2020: 93.1% average score = 679.8/800

Graduation rate class 2020 = 92.8%

Testimonials from our students:

"As a graduate of CUW’s DPT Program I am humbled by the amount of help and assistance that Concordia has provided for me over the past few years. Concordia truly fosters an exceptional Christian based learning environment that develops great clinicians and extraordinary individuals. I cannot recommend this school enough for the person it has made me and the available opportunity it has provided me with.” Luke Wirkus, DPT, OCS

"I serve as a clinical instructor in a geriatric setting for a variety of DPT students, and am myself a graduate of the Concordia DPT program. While all programs I have come across do prepare their students in head-and hand knowledge, I consistently see high levels of heart-knowledge as well from Concordia’s students. The genuine interest and respect they show for the patients and staff, and their boundless readiness to learn, is so critical to the formation of successful Physical Therapists." Hannah Johnson, DPT

"I chose CUW’s DPT program because it encourages students to develop character traits focused on becoming servant leaders in the physical therapy profession and community. The program’s small class size and dedicated teaching staff has enabled me to develop life long relationships with my classmates and professors. I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to a different country with my colleagues to serve others with the physical therapy skills developed throughout the program. Concordia helped me grow into not only a respected health care professional, but a representative of Christ wherever I go.” Katie Dirkse, DPT

Testimonials from our Clinical Placement Sites:

"I have had the great opportunity to work with the CUW PT program for the last several years with benefits that were unexpected. The professional staff of well-prepared professors have developed skills in the students that will bode well for the future of our profession and the reputation of CUW. The clinical interns demonstrate the knowledge that allows them to develop more patient interactions with confidence. The greatest character that I have experienced with staff and clinicians is the blend of the mind, body and spirit. This character is felt and all of the patients have appreciated this as well as being impressed with the skill levels of the interns." Craig Howe, PT

"I have always enjoyed my 3-week pediatric clinical with the CUW students. They are always energetic, intelligent, and well-prepared. The students are highly motivated for learning through integrating their hands-on experiences with what they have learned in class. I am appreciative of their insightful questions and discussions, as well as their flexibility, as work in the schools brings all sorts of unexpected surprises. The CUW DPT students graduate with a good balance of learning through both the academic and clinical settings and become valued members of our profession." Beth Ciche, MPT

What to Expect

Upon graduation our graduates will be able to:

Goal 1: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills for entry-level practice of physical therapy as a generalist clinician

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for safe clinical practice
  • Possess entry-level knowledge and skills for patient/client management (screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, interventions (procedural & educational), documentation, outcomes assessment)
  • Value and use evidence in practice

Goal 2: Embody the multiple facets of professionalism, within the clinic.

  • Follow legal and ethical standards of clinical practice
  • Demonstrate professional behavior
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and non-verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in clinical practice

Goal 3: Value service to the church, community, and profession.

  • Report a belief in service as a professional duty
  • Students/graduates will report participation in service activities

Goal 4: Demonstrate knowledge and skills for adapting to changes in health care delivery systems.

  • Possess the ability to direct and supervise PT support personnel
  • Possess the ability to manage financial resources (reimbursement; equipment/supplies; productivity; time management; environmental resources) within the clinic
  • Be prepared to serve as a consultant within the health care system
  • Possess the knowledge and skills related to developing prevention / health promotion programs
  • Possess the knowledge and skills related to management of care delivery (i.e., providing patient care through direct access; collaboration with other health care practitioners; participation in case management)
  • Value the role of the PT in social responsibility & advocacy

COVID Application Process

Changes for the 2020-21 DPT application process due to COVID-19

Due to the challenges and restrictions from COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Concordia University Wisconsin is implementing the following changes for the Class of 2024 application cycle:

Observation Hours: Clinical sites started restricting observation hours in March due to COVID-19. Applicants who have completed observation hours can submit the appropriate verifications to PTCAS. However, the 40 hour observation hour requirement is waived until further notice.

GRE: GRE scores are required. ETS is now offering home testing for the GRE. Please visit the ETS website for additional information.

Pass/Fail Grades for Spring and Summer 2020 coursework: Pass/fail graded coursework will be accepted, EXCEPT for the Required Prerequisite Science Courses. All of the Required Prerequisite Science Courses need a final letter grade, if a letter grade was an option given students at your school.

On line/distance learning laboratory experiences: Online and distance learning formats for pre-requisite science course laboratory experiences will be accepted for courses taken during the Spring and Summer semesters 2020 as long as this coursework meets the requirements for a major in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Admission Requirements

DPT Admissions

Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program apply through an online service called Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). To learn more about the PTCAS application process, prerequisites, CUW’s admission requirements, and admission deadlines, please visit www.ptcas.org.

Please submit your official GRE scores to code 7697 for the Concordia DPT program; they will automatically be sent to PTCAS. Do not send your GRE scores to the main university or graduate admissions code.

To apply for this program you must have the following:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all required scienceswith no final individual science prerequisite course grade less than a C
  • Ability to perform Essential Functions of a physical therapist
  • Completion of the following pre-req courses: (also see PTCASfor listing)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II: full year sequence of either separate Anatomy and Physiology courses or A&P I and II are accepted. Must include Lab.
    • Chemistry I & II: two-semester sequence of General or Inorganic Chemistry with labs is required.
    • Physics I & II: two-semester sequence of General Physics with labs is required. Courses do not need to be Calculus-based.
    • Psychology: one semester. A course in psychological statistics will not fulfill the psychology requirement, but may be used to meet the statistics.
    • Statistics Course: one semester of the following courses meet statistics requirement: Biology: Biostatistics; Business: Statistics, Mathematics: Statistics; Psychology: Statistics; Education: Statistics
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For CUW Students

Priority DPT Admission

We offer priority admission to CUW students who:

  • Are current, full time students at CUW and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Mequon or Ann Arbor
  • At the time of application are not missing more than one prerequisite science course
  • Have an overall science pre-requisite course GPA of 3.30 with no individual science prerequisite course grade less than a C. Demonstrate proficiency in science courses in the first attempt at taking the course.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Submit all applications materials by the PTCAS “Early Decision” deadline, and
  • Successfully complete a personal interview

Accelerated DPT Admission

The accelerated admission option will allow students to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in six rather than seven years. The option will be open to students who matriculate as freshmen at the Concordia University Mequon campus and who take all their science prerequisite coursework on the Mequon campus.

If you decide to pursue admission through the accelerated process, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS) following completion of your fourth year of academic study at Concordia University.

Admission into the DPT Track of the Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science

  • High School Graduate with a high school overall GPA of 3.45
  • Evidence of Service/Extracurricular Activity/Athletics
  • Minimum ACT score of 24

Accelerated Admission for CUW students

  • Major in Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS)/DPT track at Concordia University
  • Have an overall science pre-requisite course GPA of 3.30 with no individual science prerequisite course grade less than a C
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrate proficiency in science courses in the first attempt at taking the course. Science prerequisite GPA will be calculated using the first earned grade in the course. If a student re-takes a course and he/she desires the second grade counted to their GPA (science or overall), they are no longer eligible for accelerated admission and will need to apply through the regular 4 year DPT degree application process (process open to graduates of non-Concordia Wisconsin degree programs). In addition, students who withdraw from a course late in the semester are not eligible for accelerated admission.
  • Have all Science prerequisite courses completed by end of spring semester sophomore year and apply for early decision via Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) during summer between sophomore and junior year.
  • Have all their science prerequisite coursework completed at Concordia University Mequon
  • Complete 40 hours of observation of a diversity of PT services
  • Complete an admission interview during early decision day. This will occur during Fall Semester of their Junior Year

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Partner Schools

Admission Policy St. Norbert College Students

Current students and alumni of St. Norbert College (SNC) and Viterbo University (VU) will be given priority admission for the DPT program if they meet the following requirements:have a verified PTCAS application by the deadline,have earned a 3.45 in the science prerequisite courses AND have a 3.0 overall GPA. All science courses will need to be completed at SNC or VU. For additional requirements for SNC and VU graduates, please check with your pre-physical therapy advisor.

Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Concordia University Wisconsin is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 262-243-4433 or email robert.barnhart@cuw.edu.

Graduation from a CAPTE-accredited program is required for eligibility to sit for the licensing exam, for which Concordia graduates have an overall first time pass rate of 100% in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following:

CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

Please note

States have established standards of practice for physical therapists. While at the present time, we cannot provide a particular state’s specific requirements for licensing, we can assure you that we will provide you with the contact information for the state Board of Physical Therapy for the state in which you are doing study.

Any individual or organization with a concern about an experience with any student, faculty, or staff member of the Department of Physical Therapy at Concordia University may file a written complaint against the Department. Anonymous complaints will not be responded to by the director. Complaints should be addressed to: Director, Physical Therapy Program, Concordia University 12800 N Lake Shore Dr Mequon WI 53097-2402

Memberships

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Elizabeth AlfonsiPT, DPT, ATC, Director of Clincial EducationAssistant Professor

Elizabeth Alfonsi
PT, DPT, ATC, Director of Clincial Education

Assistant Professor
Phone: (262) 243-2169

Bio

Dr. Alfonsi is the Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy program and is responsible for the 5 clinical education courses including Clinical Problem Solving I/II/III and Clinical Practice I/II.

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Education

  • DPT - Physical Therapy, Marquette University (2009)
  • BS - Athletic Training, Marquette University (2007)

Research Interests

  • Clinical Education
  • Student success

Teaching Interests

  • Clinical Education
  • Community Practice
Hannah BakerPT, DPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical TherapyAssistant Professor

Hannah Baker
PT, DPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor
Office: Health Services 137
Phone: (262) 243-2245

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Bio

Dr. Baker brings extensive clinical background in geriatrics, skilled nursing facilities, and student mentorship to teaching at CUW. She recently earned her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary health sciences through NIU.

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Education

  • DPT - Concordia University Wisconsin (2013)
  • Ph D - Inter professional health sciences, Northern Illinois University (2022)

Contributions

  • Johnson, H.(2021).Restorative Quality Improvement: Novel Application of Six Sigma in a Skilled Nursing Facility36(1, pp. 1).Journal of Nursing Care Quality.https://pubmed.nc...
  • Kim, J., Gray, J. & Johnson, H., (2021).The effect of a web-based deep breathing app on the stress of direct care workers: uncontrolled intervention studyJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.https://www.liebe...
  • Johnson, H.(2018).Psychosocial Elements of Physical Therapy: The Connection of Body to Mind Thorofare, NJ: SLACK.https://www.slack...

Research Interests

  • Inter professional teams
  • Long-term care physical activity

Teaching Interests

  • Geriatrics
  • Psychosocial aspects of health care
Robert BarnhartPT, MS, ScDPT, Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy - Emeritus Program Director, Professor

Robert Barnhart
PT, MS, ScDPT, Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy - Emeritus

Program Director, Professor
Office: Health Services HS110D
Phone: (262) 243-4280

Bio

Director and Professor Physical Therapy

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Education

  • Sci D - Physical Therapy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (2006)
  • MS - Rehabilitation/Adaptive Physical Education, University of Tennessee (1992)
  • BA - Psychology, West Virginia Wesleyan College (1977)
  • Physical Therapy, Emory University School of Medicine (1979)

Presentations

  • Hensel, L., Barnhart, R., Moser, C., Routier, W. & Watry-Christian, M., (2017).Problem-Based Learning Inter-Disciplinary Experience. Oral Presentation. CU Faculty Scholarship Presentation. Concordia University, Mequon Campus.
  • Hensel, L., Barnhart, R., Moser, C., Routier, W. & Watry-Christian, M., (2016).Problem-based Learning: An Inter-disciplinary Collaborative Student Experience . Poster. Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching. Asheville, NC.

Research Interests

  • Improving motor skills in children with DCD and ASD
  • Impact Spirituality (therapist and patient) has on rehabilitation process

Teaching Interests

  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Motor development and control
Kate BennettPT, DPT, ATC, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical TherapyAssistant Professor

Kate Bennett
PT, DPT, ATC, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor
Office: Health Services 139

Doctor in Physical Therapy and PTA to PT Bridge program (10)

Education

  • DPT - Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica (2015)
  • MPT - Physical Therapy, Marquette University (1999)
  • BA - Psychology, Marquette University (1997)

Research Interests

  • Acute dizziness
  • ICU acquired weakness

Teaching Interests

  • Adult Neuro Rehab
  • Acute care skills
Lee J. ColemanPT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical TherapyAssistant Professor

Lee J. Coleman
PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor
Office: Health Services HS104B
Phone: (262) 243-4291

Bio

Dr. Lee J. Coleman teaches across all three cohorts in the Concordia Physical Therapy program including Foundations of Physical Therapy, Introduction to Professional Practice, Orthopedics, & elective manual therapy coursework.

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Education

  • DPT - Physical Therapy , Concordia University Wisconsin (2011)
  • BA - Biology, Saint Mary's University (2008)

Research Interests

  • Pain Neuroscience Education
  • Endurance Running / Wellness

Teaching Interests

  • Orthopedics
  • Manual Therapy
Dale GerkeScDProfessor

Dale Gerke
ScD

Professor
Phone: (262) 243-4485

Bio

Dale Gerke is an Associate Professor at Concordia University Wisconsin and serves as the Director of the Orthopedic Residency Program. He teaches in the Entry Level Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Residency programs.

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Education

  • MPT - Physical Therapy, Concordia University Wisconsin (2000)
  • BA - History/Secondary Education, Wisconsin Lutheran College (1996)
  • Physical Therapy, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2009)

Presentations

  • Berrios Barillas, R., Frazier, T. & Gerke, D., (2017).Shoulder Pain: Visceral or Musculoskeletal in Origin. Oral Presentation. CUW SHP Conference. Mequon.

Research Interests

  • Medical Imaging
  • Musculoskeletal Pathology

Teaching Interests

  • Medical Imaging
  • Biomechanics
Lois HarrisonPT, DPT, MS, CHAISAssociate Professor

Lois Harrison
PT, DPT, MS, CHAIS

Associate Professor
Phone: (262) 243-4468

Bio

Dr. Harrison is the School of Health Professions Inter-professional Clinic Coordinator at Concordia University Wisconsin. Her research interests focus on inter-professional education, animal assisted interventions, and health/wellness for individuals with intellectual/ developmental disability.

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Education

  • DPT - Physical Therapy, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (2007)
  • MS - Physical Therapy, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (1997)
  • BS - Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1986)

Contributions

  • Chappy, S., Harrison, L., Kukor, S., Oldani, M. & Suss, T., (2019).Driving Wellness Home: Academic-Community Partnership with Fresh Meals on Wheels Milwaukee, WI: Building Bridges to Evidence Based Nursing Practice.

Research Interests

  • Interprofessional Education and Practice
  • Animal Assisted Interventions

Teaching Interests

  • Interprofessional Education and Practice
  • Animal Assisted Interventions
Kathy J. LemleyPT, BSPT, MS, PhDProfessor

Kathy J. Lemley
PT, BSPT, MS, PhD

Professor
Office: Heidelberg Hall H225
Phone: (262) 243-2615

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Bio

Kathy Lemley teaches human anatomy and neuroscience in the Physical Therapy program. Her research focuses on pain perception and exercise for pain management across the lifespan as well as anatomy education.

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Education

  • Ph D - Interdisciplinary - Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation Science, Marquette University (2014)
  • MS - Human Kinetics, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (1999)
  • BS - Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin (1984)

Contributions

  • Berrios Barillas, R. & Lemley, K.(2021).Is compressed and limited synchronous delivery of anatomy content effective in transitional OT student learning?5(2, pp. 2).Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.https://encompass...

Presentations

  • Lemley, K.(2020).Anatomy of a Stroke. Oral Presentation. School of Health Professions Annual Conference. Mequon.
  • Albers, M., Bares, K., Kitching, A., Miller, A., Olson, A., Schulz, A., Suess, B., Wegener, S., Morrissey, A., Stolzman, S. & Lemley, K., (2019).Effects of Retrowalking on Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia in Healthy Young Adults: A Pilot Study. Poster. Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. Madison, WI.
  • Lemley, K., Stolzman, S. & Morrissey, A., (2019).Leg Dominance May Influence Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia Response to Moderate Intensity Retrowalking: A Pilot Study. Poster. American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Milwaukee.
  • Sojka, M., Brunette, P., Barg, A., Wolf, A., Hausl, S., Thompson, S., Poirier, N., Sanders, S., Fischer, R. & Lemley, K., (2018).Does retrowalking result in exercise-induced hypoalgesia in adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis? A systematic review. Poster. Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience of Pain
  • Non-pharmacological Management of Pain

Teaching Interests

  • Human Anatomy
  • Neuroscience
Elizabeth L. PalyPT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist Associate Professor

Elizabeth L. Paly
PT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist

Associate Professor
Phone: (262) 243-4230

Bio

My clinical practice spans over forty years, with experience in all aspects of acute care and outpatient physical therapy. My areas of expertise are in the physical therapy management of the geriatric patients with special interest in working with the individual with Parkinson Disease. I am a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist. I recently applied for re-certification which is good for an additional 10 years

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Education

  • DPT - Physical Therapy, Concordia University (2007)
  • BS - Physical Therapy, Marquette University (1982)

Contributions

  • Petersen, C., Steffen, T., Paly, E., Dvorak, L. & Nelson, R., (2016).Reliability and Mininal Detectable Change for Sit-to-Stand tests and the Functional Gait Assessment for Individuals with Parkinson Disease00 Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Research Interests

  • Intervention studies to facilitate improved functional outcomes for the individual with Parkinson Disease

Teaching Interests

  • Physical Therapy management of the geriatric patient
  • Clinical decision making, therapeutic exercise and application of biophysical agents as it relates to patient clinical practice.
Halee ShepardPT, DPT, MBA, EdDCoordinator - DPT Bridge Program and Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor

Halee Shepard
PT, DPT, MBA, EdD

Education

  • DPT - St. Ambrose University (2011)
  • EDD - Doctorate in Educational Leadership, University of the Cumberlands (2022)
  • MBA - Healthcare Management, Herzing University (2016)
  • BS - Exercise Science, St. Ambrose University (2010)
Stacy C. StolzmanPT, MPT, PhDAssociate Professor

Stacy C. Stolzman
PT, MPT, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: Health Services 141
Phone: (262) 243-2176

Bio

Stacy Stolzman, a pediatric physical therapist, is dedicated to teaching the next generation of physical therapy professionals through graduate coursework focused on how a PT addresses promotion of normal physiology and rehabilitation of pathophysiology across the lifespan. In addition, she engages students in simulation learning within cardiopulmonary and acute care physical therapy using evidence-based practice.<br><br>Her research focuses on pediatric obesity, metabolic syndrome, physical fitness, body composition and the ability of exercise to decrease clinical pain. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and serves on the Research Committee of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and APTA Wisconsin Pain SIG. At CUW, she serves on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Concordia Intramural Research Grant (CIRG) Committee.

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Education

  • Ph D - Clinical & Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences, Marquette University (2015)
  • MS - Physical Therapy, Marquette University (1999)
  • BA - Psychology, Marquette University (1997)
  • Assessments of the Biopsychosocial Health of Adolescent Females, Marquette University (2016)

Contributions

  • Gremillion, M., Lang, A., Everhart, S., Davis, W., Weisman, S., Stolzman, S. & Hainsworth, K., (2021).Effects of Weight and Pain on Physical Activity: Insights from the Lived Experiences of Youth with Co-Occurring Chronic Pain and ObesityOnline Ahead of Print: December 10, 2021(Online Ahead of Print: December 10, 2021, pp. Online Ahead of Print: December 10, 2021).Childhood Obesity.https://doi.org/1...
  • Gremillion, M., Lang, A., Everhart, S., Davis, W., Weisman, S., Stolzman, S. & Hainsworth, K., (2021).Obesity in Youth with Chronic Pain: Giving It the Seriousness It Deserves16 March 2021Pain Medicine.https://doi.org/1...
  • Stolzman, S., Harkins, A., Skelton, J. & Hoeger Bement, M., (2019).Does Weight Status Impact Metabolic Health in Adolescents When Controlling for Physical Fitness?31(2, pp. 2). Philadelphia, PA: Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal.https://journals....
  • Stolzman, S.(2017).Comparison of Metabolic Syndrome Guidelines in an Adolescent Population29(1, pp. 1). Philadelphia, PA: Pediatric Physical Therapy.https://journals....
  • Stolzman, S.(2017).The Impact of a Fifty Pound Weight Loss on Metabolic Syndrome Severity in a Female Adolescent29(1, pp. 1). Philadelphia, PA: Pediatric Physical Therapy.https://journals....

Presentations

  • LiaBraaten, B., Stolzman, S., Anderson, K., Brimeyer, C., Gremillion, M., Kapke, T., Linneman, N., Weisman, S. & Hainsworth, K., (2022).Rate of Perceived Exertion—Pediatric (RPE-P): Preliminary Validation in Groups Varying by Chronic Pain and Weight. Poster. The Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference. Phoenix, AZ.
  • Stolzman, S., Harkins, A., Hoeger Bement, M., Hunter, S. & Kaugars, A., (2021).Effects of COVID-19 on Health Sciences Students. Oral Presentation. Concordia University Wisconsin Faculty Scholarship Week 2021. Concordia University Wisconsin.
  • Stolzman, S.(2020).Systemic Impact of Pediatric Obesity. Oral Presentation. Treating Children and Teens with Obesity: What do Physical/Occupational Therapists Need to Know?. Milwaukee, WI.
  • Stolzman, S., Hainsworth, K. & Kilway, D., (2020).Pediatric Obesity: Weighing in on Critical Issues for Pediatric Physical Therapists in Evaluation and Treatment. Oral Presentation. Revitalize 2020. St. Charles, IL.
  • Teigen, R., Kuhlman, E., Tenlen, J., Verbeke, E., Wert, E. & Stolzman, S., (2019).Does Tissue Flossing Impact Individuals with Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome?. Poster. Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. Madison, WI.

Research Interests

  • Obesity & The Chronic Inflammatory State
  • Pain & Exercise

Teaching Interests

  • Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Pediatrics
Bobbie Vergo OTD, OTR/LAssistant Professor

Bobbie Vergo
OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor
Office: Heidelberg Hall 221
Phone: (262) 243-4288

Bio

Dr. Vergo earned her B.A. in biology with a minor in psychology from Capital University in Columbus, OH, and her clinical doctorate of occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Vergo has practice experience across the lifespan and multiple settings, with primary emphasis in outpatient pediatrics. Dr. Vergo is involved as a content expert and occasional speaker for Pathways.org, a non-for-profit organization that develops and globally disseminates free content on child development.

Doctor in Physical Therapy and PTA to PT Bridge program (26)

Education

  • OTD - occupational therapy, Washington University in St. Louis (2010)
  • BA - Biology, Capital University (2007)

Research Interests

  • Cultural factors influencing matriculation into occupational therapy graduate programs
  • Providing culturally relevant care and resources

Teaching Interests

  • Mental health across the lifespan
  • Pediatrics, especially executive function, development of self-help skills, and sensory integration

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PTA to BSRS to DPT

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) approved Concordia University DPT program's application for substantive change and continued accreditation for a Bridge DPT cohort. Effective date of this approval was November 2, 2021.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Applicants with an associate degree can earn a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 4.5 years.

  • PTA + BSRS = 1.5 years (BSRS 60 credits + 60 transfer credits)
  • Bridge DPT = 3 years (105 credits in Bridge DPT program)

BSRS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Courses offered online, and on campus one weekend per month (Fridays 12pm–9pm and Saturdays 8am–5pm central time)
  • The program format of online/weekend allows students to earn a BSRS degree and prepare for the Bridge DPT program
  • Small class sizes allow for more student/faculty interaction and personalization
  • Interprofessional learning experiences occur amongst licensed and employed OTAs and PTAs
  • As a CUW undergraduate student, you will be given priority admission status to the Bridge DPT program if you maintain at least the minimal grade point average for admission (and meet admission requirements) and you will not have to take the GRE for admission to the Bridge DPT program

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Learn more about the curriculum for BSRS by clicking here

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

All students applying for admission to the program must:

  • Be a licensed physical therapist assistant working at least 80 hours per month as a PTA
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in PTA education and C or above in foundational science courses

Applicants who are currently in the CUW BSRS program and applying to the Bridge DPT program, must also have:

  • C or above in foundational science courses; 3.0 GPA in foundational sciences in BSRS program
  • 3.0 cumulative in BSRS program

PTA with Bachelors to DPT

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In the Bridge DPT program, you’ll receive the in-depth training for entry-level practice of physical therapy as a generalist clinician. You’ll explore not only the scientific underpinnings of this profession, but also the professional characteristics of a leader in healthcare.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Licensed PTAs with at least one year of working (as a PTA) a minimum of 80 hours per month, with a Bachelor’s degree, can earn a DPT degree in approximately 3 years.

  • Bridge DPT = 3 years (105 credits in DPT program)

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Courses offered online, and on campus one weekend per month (Fridays 12pm–9pm and Saturdays 8am–5pm central time)
  • The program format of online/weekend allows students to continue working as a PTA 10 hours per week during the first two years of the program
  • Small class sizes allow for more student/faculty interaction and personalization
  • Interprofessional learning experiences occur with other CUW programs and other institutions

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

To learn more about the curriculum for PTA to Bridge DPT download it today

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

All students applying for admission to the program must:

  • Be a licensed physical therapist assistant working at least 80 hours per month as a PTA
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in PTA education and
  • 3.0 GPA in foundational science courses
    • Two semesters of physics with a lab
    • Two semesters of chemistry with a lab
    • Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology, both taught in a department of science, anatomy, biomedical science, or biology
  • One semester of statistics
  • One semester of psychology
  • Submit GRE scores

Accreditation

Concordia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission hlcommission.org, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) approved Concordia University DPT program's application for substantive change and continues accreditation for a Bridge DPT cohort. Effective date of this approval was November 2, 2021. The first cohort of students matriculated into the Bridge DPT program on 1/3/22.

How to Apply

BSRS TO DPT

Go to cuw.edu/apply . Select the ADULT ACCELERATED online application. The “Academic Program'' will be Bridge BSRS - Physical Therapy. Fill out the form and submit your online undergraduate application.

PTA (WITH BACHELORS) TO DPT

Applicants to the Bridge Doctor of Physical Therapy program apply through an online service called Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). To learn more about the PTCAS application process, prerequisites, CUW’s admission requirements, and admission deadlines, please visit www.ptcas.org.

Please submit your official GRE scores to code 7697; they will automatically be sent to PTCAS. Do not send your GRE scores to the main university or graduate admissions code.

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcome Data

*Graduation rate according to the formula in the Annual Accreditation Report
** The two year average first time pass rate for our program is 100%
***Licensure examination pass rate consistent with the information published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
****Employment rate: % of graduates who were employed as PT’s or PTA’s within 6 months of passing the licensure examination

Graduation YearGraduation Rate *First Time Pass Rate **Ultimate Pass Rate***Employment Rate ****Number of ApplicantsNumber of Students per CohortAverage Cumulative GPA of Accepted StudentsAverage Science GPA of Accepted StudentsNumber of Concordia Undergraduates in Cohort
200995.8%100%100%76243.303.316
201079.2%100%100%84243.493.377
201191.7%100%100%97243.493.493
201290.9%100%100%148243.563.4610
201395.8%100%100%185243.593.574
201491.7%100%100%100%203263.593.582
201589.3%100%100%100%385283.603.5218
201696%100%100%100%423283.663.513
2017100%96%96%100%500283.753.7311
201896%100%100%100%457283.743.645
201996%100%100%100%288283.623.645
2020100%100%100%100%274263.73.613
202196%95.7%100%100%358283.793.7216
202293%n/an/an/a166283.773.647
2023n/an/an/an/a156283.743.7410
2024n/an/an/an/a130273.563.393

Average Outcomes

  1. Our average two year graduation rate for the classes fo 2019 and 2020 is 98%
  2. Our average two year licensure pass rate for the classes of 2019 and 2020 is 100%
  3. Our average two year employment rate for the classes of 2019 and 2020 is 100%

Tuition & Fees

Class

2022, 2023, 2024

2025

Semester Tuition

$17,160

$17,760

Yearly Tuition

$34,320

$35,520

Yearly Fees

$330

$330

Additional expenses(textbooks, clinical education travel, etc.)

$3,418

$4, 000

Total Cost

$107,368

$111,550

Click here to download the student financial fact sheet.

Essential Functions

The Concordia University Wisconsin Program in Physical Therapy endeavors to select applicants who have the ability to become highly competent physical therapists who will practice in a legal, ethical, and safe manner. The Program does not discriminate in student admission policies or administration of its educational policies on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, disabling conditions, or marital status.

In addition to meeting the academic standards required for this Program, a student must be able to perform the essential functions listed below. These essential functions encompass cognitive, psychosocial, and physical skills and abilities that are required for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the Program curriculum as well as for the development of appropriate professional attributes.

Cognitive

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities:
Problem solving is a critical skill required of physical therapists. To develop this skill, the student must be able to memorize, measure, calculate, analyze and synthesize relevant content in basic science and clinical courses; this includes the ability to discern and comprehend multi-dimensional and spatial relationships of structures. The student must be able to obtain and use relevant patient information in order to recognize and define problems, analyze data, develop and implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes. The student must also demonstrate the ability to self- assess, self-correct, and self-initiate within the learning process. Significant or long-term disruption of cognitive function jeopardizes a student’s acceptability.

Psychosocial

Communication:
The student must be able to speak, read, write, hear, see and observe in order to: (1) obtain information from patients, caregivers, and medical records; (2) recognize the significance of nonverbal communications; and (3) direct timely and accurate verbal and written communication concerning a patient’s status to appropriate sources. The student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, caregivers, family, physicians, and other members of the health care team. He/she must be capable of responsive and empathetic listening to establish a rapport that promotes openness on issues of concern and sensitivity to potential cultural differences.

Psychological and Social Attributes:
The student must possess emotional stability which consistently allows maximum use of intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the timely completion of all responsibilities, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, peers, and supervisors. The student must be able to function effectively under physical and mental stress and adapt to changing and unpredictable environments. The student must be able to comprehend the basis and content of ethical physical therapy practice. He/she must demonstrate the ability to appropriately seek supervision and consultation. The student must possess attributes which provide a foundation for professionalism: compassion, empathy, personal integrity, tolerance for differences, personal accountability, self-direction, and openness to feedback.

Physical Skills

Observation and Sensation:
The student must possess functional use of sight, hearing, and touch in order to perform such tasks as: accurately observing a patient both near and far, assessing a patient’s skin color, listening with a stethoscope, palpating and differentiating normal and abnormal body structures, and observing demonstrations and experiments in the basic science laboratory.

Motor Skills:
The student must be able to execute both fine and gross physical movements required for the performance of basic clinical tests and diagnostic procedures used to examine patients. He/she must possess the physical capability to perform manual procedures such as massage, palpation, and assisting a patient to exercise paralyzed limbs. The student must be able to safely assist patients with common mobility tasks, such as walking, rising from a chair, or climbing stairs. The student must be able to ensure the physical safety of him/herself and the patient at all times.

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FAQs

What is the closest major to physical therapy? ›

There isn't one single best major for someone aspiring to be a physical therapist to pursue, though many physical therapists choose kinesiology, exercise science or athletic training as their undergraduate major.

Does Concordia University have a physical therapy program? ›

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Concordia University, St. Paul is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

How much do PTAS make in Texas? ›

How much does a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant make in Texas? The average Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant salary in Texas is $61,694 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $56,151 and $67,579.

Is OT or PT school harder? ›

As for your path to becoming an OT or PT, therapy school for PTs is currently more extensive and will require a doctorate, while OT will require a Master's.

Are physical therapists doctors? ›

So, since 2015, physical therapists are doctors, but they're not physicians. They undergo additional schooling as required for their specific professional practice just like any dentist, nurse, doctor, surgeon, optometrist, orthodontist, or therapist.

Where do PTA make the most money? ›

10 States Where Physical Therapist Assistants Earn the Most Money
  • New Jersey average physical therapist assistant salary: $69,480.
  • Texas average physical therapist assistant salary: $68,680.
  • California average physical therapist assistant salary: $66,150.
  • Connecticut average physical therapist assistant salary: $65,510.
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What setting pays the most for PTA? ›

How to make more money as a PTA
  • Pick up weekend hospital shifts.
  • Contact home health agencies for weekend opportunities.
  • Work at nursing homes or clinics on a PRN or part-time basis for a higher rate.
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How much do PTA make hourly in Texas? ›

Geographic profile for Physical Therapist Assistants:
StateEmployment (1)Hourly mean wage
Texas7,690$ 33.40
Florida6,910$ 31.22
California6,780$ 35.17
Ohio6,150$ 29.54
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Who makes more money PT or OT? ›

Physical Therapists focus on helping patients recover range of motion and decrease pain after an injury or illness. The average salary for an OT is $83,200 per year. The average salary for a PT is $86,850 per year.

Is PT harder than nursing? ›

The licensing requirements for physical therapists are more rigorous than for registered nurses. While each state has its own specifications, most require that aspiring physical therapists have a master's degree in physical therapy from an accredited program and pass the National PT exam.

Who makes more OT or RN? ›

According to BLS, the annual salary for Occupational Therapists is $98,700, while the yearly salary of Registered Nurses is $85,970.

How long does it take to become a physical therapist assistant in Texas? ›

The length of a PTA program is typically two years (five semesters). Primary content areas in the curriculum may include, but are not limited to, anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, clinical pathology, behavioral sciences, communication, and ethics/values.

How do I become a PTA in Texas? ›

How to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Texas
  1. Earn a Physical Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree from an Accredited School. ...
  2. Submit the Physical Therapist Assistant Application. ...
  3. Pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for PTAs. ...
  4. Begin Your Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Texas.

How do I get my PTA license in Texas? ›

Here are the basic steps:
  1. Step 1: Earn your Physical Therapy degree.
  2. Step 2: Apply for a license with The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
  3. Step 3: Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)
  4. Step 4: Maintain and renew your license.

How much does a PTA make in Dallas Texas? ›

How much does a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant make in Dallas, TX? The average Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant salary in Dallas, TX is $62,238 as of August 29, 2022, but the range typically falls between $56,648 and $68,180.

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