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Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree

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Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree

This option is designed for international physical therapists who are in the process of completing U.S. licensure requirements. There are many PostProfessional Doctor of Physical Therapy online courses which help meet professional deficiencies as determined by one of the approved credentialing agencies:

  • Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
  • International Consultants of Delaware (ICD)
  • International Education Research Foundation, Inc (IERF)
  • World Education Services (WES)
  • International Credentialing Associates (ICA)
  • University of Texas at Austin (Credential reviews for Texas only)
  • Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance)
  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)

Non-degree students may complete a maximum of 18 quarter credits while enrolled in the program. HP805 tDPT Foundations is a prerequisite course for all courses in the program, and it cannot be taken at the same time with another course.

Clinical internships are not offered.

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Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree program curriculum overview

The online Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy program curriculum sets the standard for comprehensive training in evidence-based practice that develops leaders who are fully prepared to address society’s healthcare challenges and promote well being among diverse populations locally and globally.

Requirements

Candidates applying for admission to the Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree option must have the following:

Copy of credentialing evaluation for equivalency of degree, or copy of official letter from licensing board showing professional deficiencies.

     
  • This is not applicable to those applying to the Non-Degree Seeking Pathway of the Postprofessional DPT program. See requirements as noted in the Non-Degree Seeking Pathway section.

 

Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:

     
  • Option 1 - English is your first language learned.
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  • Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS)
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  • Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores from International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are:

IELTS: 6.5
More information can be found at: www.ielts.org

TOEFL

Paper based total score = 550

     
  • Minimum of 56 on Reading Skills section
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  • Minimum of 61 on Writing Skills section

 

Computer based total score = 213

     
  • Minimum of 22 on Reading Skills section
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  • Minimum of 26 on Writing Skills section

 

Internet based total score = 80

     
  • Minimum of 21 on Reading Skills section
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  • Minimum of 24 on Writing Skills section

 

The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609. 771.7100. Information is available at www.ets.org/toefl. A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 609.771.7100

 

Technology requirements

All ATSU students are required to own a computer system. Minimum system requirements vary depending on program.

  • HP805 tDPT Foundations+

  • HP808 Statistics+

  • HP809 Quantitative Research Methods and Designs+

  • HP811 Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy I+

  • HP812 Evidence-Based Practice II+

  • HP813 Educational Theory and Practices+

  • HP814 Issues in Diverse Populations and Settings+

  • HP815 Health and Wellness+

  • HP834 Delivery Systems, Legislation and Regulation+

  • HP835 Reimbursement Systems, Issues, and Strategies+

  • HP836 Business Planning+

  • PT801 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy+

  • PT802 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy+

  • PT803 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy+

  • PT804 Integumentary Physical Therapy+

  • PT806 Pharmacology+

  • PT807 Radiology and Imaging+

  • PT818 Professional Practice+

  • PT819 Differential Diagnosis and Screening for Medical Conditions+

  • PT825 Extremity Manual Therapy+

  • PT826 Spinal Manual Therapy+

  • PT828 Pediatric Physical Therapy+

  • PT830 Geriatrics+

  • PT831 Gender Healthcare in Physical Therapy+

  • PT838 Capstone Project+

Tuition

​Tuition rate for the 2021-22 academic year will be $546 per credit hour plus $32 technology fee.

Tuition deadline

Tuition is due two weeks prior to the start of each course. Tuition received after the deadline will not be accepted and the student will not be allowed to start the course. Any tuition fee paid toward non-degree option may not be applied to Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree option or other degree programs at ATSU. Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change

Tuition refund policy

See the University Catalog for tuition refund policies.

Heather Allen, PT, DPT
Heather Allen, PT, DPT
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Dr. Allen (adjunct) received her master of physical therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2001 and graduated with her doctor of physical therapy from ATSU in 2009. She has a varied clinical background with experience in neurological rehabilitation, cardiovascular rehabilitation, and women’s health. Dr. Allen’s current focus is teaching in academia.

Betty Armengol McCurdy, PT, DPT
Betty Armengol McCurdy, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Pediatrics Clinical Specialist
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Dr. Armengol McCurdy (adjunct), graduated with a bachelor in communications from Virginia Tech; a master of exercise physiology from Florida State University; a master in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine, Florida; and a doctor of physical therapy from ATSU. She is a Certified Clinical Instructor in 2011. She is the founder of T.E.A.M. Kids, P.C., a pediatric therapy agency in Gilbert, Arizona which staffs a group of physical, speech/language, occupational, and music therapists providing therapy services in patients’ homes and in the community. Her special interests are in the area of early intervention and sports rehabilitation but she enjoys working with individuals of all disabilities across the lifespan. She is a past national presenter at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) on the topic of ACL rehabilitation for the young athlete. Dr. Armengol McCurdy also authored a children’s book. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida where she continues her clinical work in the home health setting.

Jennifer Beal, MEd
Jennifer Beal, MEd
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Jennifer Beal, MEd, (adjunct), earned her associate of arts degree from Mesa Community College, a bachelors of science in psychology from Arizona State University and her master of education - educational leadership with a concentration in higher education from Northern Arizona University. She has worked for 16 years at various higher education institutions in a variety of student service and program management roles. Mrs. Beal assists new and current DPT-P students and faculty, and specializes in adult and distance education. She serves as both adjunct faculty and the assistant director of DPT-P education and academic progress for the program. Additionally, she works in the University Writing Center as an ESL writing coach.

Jenny Bradley, PT, DPT
Jenny Bradley, PT, DPT
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Dr. Bradley (adjunct) received her master and doctor degrees in physical therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She has worked in a variety of settings including school-based pediatrics, out-patient orthopedics and rehabilitation. She is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA.

Karen Bustillo, PT, DPT
Karen Bustillo, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinic Clinical Specialist
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Dr. Bustillo (adjunct) graduated with a bachelor of science in physical therapy from SUNY at Buffalo and with a doctor of physical therapy from ATSU. She has worked as a physical therapist for more than 30 years and owns a private practice focusing on orthopedics, sports, industrial, lymphedema and vestibular rehabilitation. Dr. Bustillo has been a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates for both Arizona and California, and has served as a past chief delegate for Arizona. She is currently an alternate delegate. Dr. Bustillo has long been involved with local and the national APTA in many elected and volunteer positions.

Monica Cioffi, PT, DPT, MS
Monica Cioffi, PT, DPT, MS
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Dr. Cioffi (adjunct) graduated from Indiana University in physical therapy in 1979. She obtained her master in rehabilitation science administration from DePaul University in 1984 and the doctor of physical therapy from ATSU in 2009. Dr. Cioffi’s career spans over 35 years including acute care, pediatrics, rehabilitation, management, and private practice. Pediatrics has been her career passion for the past 24 years and she has been involved with teaching and research in this area. Currently she is working in an outpatient hospital-owned clinic seeing primarily adult patients with Parkinson’s, lymphedema, cancer, and orthopedic injury as well as maintaining a small pediatric caseload. She has been an adjunct faculty member for ATSU-ASHS, Rosalind Franklin University, and the University of New Mexico. In her spare time she trains her dog, Willow, in agility. She is also an accomplished amateur photographer winning several awards locally and internationally, including the SeeMe competition presented at the Louvre in Paris.

Maria Cristy Daab, PT, DPT
Maria Cristy Daab, PT, DPT
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Dr. Daab (adjunct) received her bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1997, her master of physical therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2000, and her doctor of physical therapy from ATSU. She has been a physical therapist for over 10 years and has worked in school based, acute care, outpatient, and home healthcare settings.

Whitney Ensor, PT, DPT
Whitney Ensor, PT, DPT
Board-Certied Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist, Board-Certified Geriatrics Clinical Specialist
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Dr. Ensor (adjunct) graduated with her BHS-physical therapy degree from the University of Louisville in 1994, earned her doctor of physical therapy from A.T. Still University in 2012, and her Women’s Health Specialist Certification in 2013. She has practiced in a wide variety of settings including acute care, outpatient orthopedics, outpatient pediatrics, and currently practices in an outpatient orthopedic/pelvic health practice in Louisville, Kentucky, where she also serves as part time faculty for the Bellarmine University Doctor of Physical Therapy program, teaching and guest lecturing on women’s health and related topics. She has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter on women’s health. An avid marathoner and fitness enthusiast, her current professional focus is conditions related to pelvic floor dysfunction and changes across the female lifespan and maximizing function and wellness in the aging population.

Suzanne Greenwalt, PT, DPT
Suzanne Greenwalt, PT, DPT
Board-Certied Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist, Board-Certified Geriatrics Clinical Specialist
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Dr. Greenwalt (adjunct) received her doctor of physical therapy from ATSU, completed her master of physical therapy and bachelor of science in exercise science from Saint Louis University. She serves the profession at the national level as a member of the nominating committee for the APTA Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section. She is also a member of the nominating committee for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and is full-time faculty at Belmont University. Her clinical and research interests are cardiopulmonary comorbidities in the geriatric population.​

Amie Marie Jasper, PT, DPT, PhD
Amie Marie Jasper, PT, DPT, PhD
Board-Certied Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist, Board-Certified Geriatrics Clinical Specialist
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Dr. Jasper graduated from Universidad de Sta. Isabel, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy from AT Still University. She received her PhD in Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is a Geriatric Certified Specialist, Neurologic Certified Specialist, Certified Competent in Vestibular Rehabilitation, APTA Advanced Clinical Instructor, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA), Certified LSVT Big for Parkinson, Certified clinician for Balance Based Torso Weighting (BBTW) for ataxia, ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist and Certified in Evidence-Based Concussion. Dr. Jasper was a full-time faculty member for the College of PT in the Philippines before she moved to the US in 2008. She has twelve years of full-time clinical experiences and has worked with the older adults and neurologic population in a variety of settings including inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and outpatient. She has been an adjunct faculty for the AT Still University Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy since 2011.

Beth Heick, PT, DPT
Beth Heick, PT, DPT
Certified Wound Specialist
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

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Dr. Heick (adjunct) graduated with a bachelor of science in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University and a doctor of physical therapy from ATSU. She gained her extensive experience in chronic wound management working in outpatient wound centers and hospitals. She taught wound management at the university level and nationwide in professional continuing education courses for therapists, physicians, and nurses.

Alison Klossner, PT, DPT
Alison Klossner, PT, DPT
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Dr. Klossner (adjunct) graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor of science in physical therapy in 1995 and her doctor of physical therapy from ATSU in 2010. Dr. Klossner’s clinical focus has been in outpatient orthopedics. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and uses Pilates in her rehabilitation programs. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Klossner is an occasional contributor to LiveSTRONG.com.

Joy Levine, PT, DPT, PhD
Joy Levine, PT, DPT, PhD
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Dr. Levine (adjunct) completed her PhD in leadership from University of the Cumberlands with an emphasis in health sciences. She received her doctor of physical therapy from Temple University, master of science in physical therapy from Texas Women’s University, master of science in health education and bachelor of science in respiratory therapy. She has management experience in various healthcare settings and practiced in clinical areas related to neurological rehabilitation, wound care, cardiopulmonary and geriatrics. Additionally, she has a certificate in fundamentals of human resource management from the Society for Human Resource Management. She has completed the Sloan Consortium Online Teaching Certificate (Dual concentration – Online Learners and Online Management) and is a Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer. Her areas of research interest include evidence based practice, academic integrity and effectiveness of online education. In 2017, Joy was awarded the Arizona School of Health Sciences Educator of the Year Award. She has teaching responsibilities in the areas of evidence based practice, cardiopulmonary, reimbursement and mentoring students in the capstone course.

Renee Mazurek, PT, DPT
Renee Mazurek, PT, DPT
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Dr. Mazurek (adjunct) received her doctor of physical therapy in 2006 from ATSU, completed her master of physical therapy from Marquette University in 1996, and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor in science in business administration. Her clinical specialty areas include women’s health and sports medicine. She is currently clinical assistant professor and academic coordinator of clinical education for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her current research interests are focused around improving ethics education for entry-level physical therapy students and the academic review process for promotion and tenure.

Janet Mutschler, PT, DPT
Janet Mutschler, PT, DPT
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Dr. Mutschler (adjunct) earned her doctor of physical therapy at University of Indianapolis in 2010, her master of health sciences in physical therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 1998, a bachelor in education - biology from Shippensburg University in 1984, and a bachelor of science in physical therapy from University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1994. Her clinical practice has focused on pediatric and adult rehabilitation fields with experience in outpatient neurologic and orthopedic rehab, school-based practice, early intervention services, and aquatic physical therapy. Dr. Mutschler is an assistant professor and director of clinical education for the professional-level DPT program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is a trainer for the APTA Clinical Instructors Education and Credentialing Program. In addition, she is involved in research and grant activities focusing on community health, patient/client education, and pediatrics.

Dana Palmer, PT, DPT
Dana Palmer, PT, DPT
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Dr. Palmer (adjunct) completed her doctor of physical therapy at ATSU and her bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Manitoba. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings in Canada, Micronesia & the United States. She spent five years in the Northern Mariana Islands practicing primarily in wound care where she developed the island’s first multidisciplinary diabetic foot and wound care clinic. Dr. Palmer has experience teaching wound care for CEU/CME courses as well as for nursing programs at the college and university level.

Adrienne Parry, PT, DPT
Adrienne Parry, PT, DPT
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Dr. Parry (adjunct) received her master of physical therapy from University of Southern California in 1989 and her doctor of physical therapy from ATSU in 2009. She has worked in a hospital, a rehab center, a school system, and over 20 years as a director and owner of an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic. Her areas of expertise include orthopedics, spine, and TMJ. She also consults with ATSU’s Orthopedic Residency Program in the area of tempromandibular dysfunction.

James Randolph, PT, DPT
James Randolph, PT, DPT
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Dr. Randolph (adjunct) received his bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001 and his doctor of physical therapy from ATSU in 2017. He is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA and is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) through the McKenzie Institute. He has worked primarily in the outpatient orthopaedic setting with experience in management and private practice. He has served several roles with the Illinois Physical Therapy Association including State Assembly Representative, and member of the Political Action Committee and Awards Committee. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Therapy. In 2017, Dr. Randolph also co-authored a children’s book with his wife Amy titled, B is for Biceps: Anatomy for Children.

Colin Rigney, PT, DPT
Colin Rigney, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer
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Dr. Rigney (adjunct), received his doctor of physical therapy in 2010 from ATSU and completed his bachelor in science in kinesiology from Humboldt State University. He completed the Orthopedic Residency Program at ATSU in 2012. He has extensive training in the field of ultrasound imaging and is a registered specialist in diagnostic ultrasound imaging through the ARDMS. In his spare time, he enjoys training/coaching Olympic-style weight-lifting and has had the privilege to do this at the local, regional, and national level as an athlete and as a coach.

Nilma Santiago, PT, DPT
Nilma Santiago, PT, DPT
Wound Care Certified, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Ostomy Management Specialist
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Dr. Santiago (adjunct) earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from ATSU in 2010 and graduated with a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences campus in 2005. Her thesis, “Effect of mat Pilates on spinal flexor and extensor endurance and static posture” was presented at the 2007 World Confederation of Physical Therapy in Vancouver, Canada. In addition, she contributed as a research assistant to a clinical study on the feasibility of an exercise program for breast cancer survivors. Her clinical experience has been in the rehabilitation, wound management, fitness, and wellness settings with the geriatric population working as a Pilates instructor. She is currently the wound care coordinator in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital.

Andrea Lopes Sauers, PT, PhD
Andrea Lopes Sauers, PT, PhD
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​Dr. Lopes Sauers (adjunct) received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas de Minas Gerais, Brazil. Her graduate academic and specialty training has been in the area of orthopaedics. She earned a certificate of specialization from the Brazilian Federal Board of Physical Therapy after completing a year of residency training in the specialty area of orthopaedics at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP). Dr. Lopes Sauers then completed a two-year fellowship program in shoulder rehabilitation and a Master’s degree in orthopaedics from UNIFESP. Following the completion of her Master’s degree, she practiced orthopaedic physical therapy for seven years working in both the inpatient and outpatient units within Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo. She earned her PhD in Translational Medicine from UNIFESP. She completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Clinical Outcomes Studies at ATSU. Her research interests are in continuous quality improvement in healthcare and clinical outcomes following rehabilitative interventions in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Specifically, she is interested in study strategies for assessing the value of care and to measure and improve care delivery. Dr. Lopes Sauers has published and presented original research investigations related to patient-oriented outcomes.

Wayne Smith, PT, DPT, MEd
Wayne Smith, PT, DPT, MEd
Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer
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Dr. Smith (adjunct) is a graduate of the physical therapy program from California State University Long Beach and holds an advanced masters from Temple University in sports medicine. He received his doctor of physical therapy from ATSU. He has extensive training in the field of ultrasound imaging and was one of the first physical therapists to pass the National Ultrasound Musculoskeletal Certification Exam in 2012. He has multiple publications and has given many presentations in ultrasound imaging and travels around the country to assist physicians in learning MSK ultrasound imaging. Dr. Smith has over 40 years of experience in physical therapy. Dr. Smith retired from ATSU as an associate professor and is now adjunct faculty.

Michele Tourne, PT, DPT
Michele Tourne, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Pediatrics Clinical Specialist
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Dr. Tourne (adjunct), received her master of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Southern California in 1980 and completed her postprofessional DPT from ATSU-ASHS in 2011. She is a member of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and has served as committee chair for the education as well as multi-media committees and as a member of scientific program committee. Dr. Tourne serves on the accreditation services committee for the APTA and residency and fellowship education as well as the specialization academy of content experts as an item writer. She volunteers at St. Andrew’s Clinic in Nogales, Arizona monthly for underserved children with physical disabilities. She has over 35 years experience in pediatric clinical practice.

Wendy Williams, PT, DPT
Wendy Williams, PT, DPT
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Dr. Williams (adjunct) received her bachelor of science in communication disorders from the University of Massachusetts in 1992, her master of physical therapy from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1998, and her doctor of physical therapy from ATSU in 2008. Dr. Williams has worked in multiple settings over the years, including acute care, subacute and acute rehab settings, wound care, and outpatient pediatrics and neurology. She currently works for an orthopedic specialty hospital as a physical therapy coordinator. Dr. Williams past research projects include therapy following deformity surgery for patients with scoliosis, mobility after diagnosis with acute DVT, orthostatic hypotension during therapy on the day of surgery, and femoral nerve blocks for total knee replacement surgery.

Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dean
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Dr. Ann Lee Burch is the dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Burch received her doctor of education from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her masters of public health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her masters of physical therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her BA is in psychology from the University of Rochester.

Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Burch served as vice dean for ATSU-ASHS. She served as the chair of the Physical Therapy Department from 2008-January 2012. Prior to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the director of physical therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Burch’s area of scholarly interest and application of that interest is in knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy of health care providers and healthcare professional students towards underrepresented patient/client groups.

Dr. Burch is the author of a Guide to Physical Therapy (Vault Publishers) which was written to increase information access about physical therapy to both high school graduates and re-entry adults. She was a co-investigator on an NIH grant at the University of Puerto Rico exploring the feasibility of an exercise program for breast cancer survivors living in San Juan.  Dr. Burch has lived in Symi, Greece, Taipei, Taiwan, Ahmdebad, India and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is committed to research, teaching and service that further the understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and cultural variables on health.

She was a member of the class of 2014 cohort of Women in Educational Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2017 she was the co-PI on a Centers for Disease Control, Association for Prevention and Teaching grant exploring a population health case study format for teaching and communicating the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities. She was recently appointed a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.  

Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Vice Dean
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Dr. Salas-Provance, is professor and vice dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Salas-Provance received her doctorate in speech science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her masters of health administration from the University of Missouri School of Medicine-Columbia. She holds both a bachelors and masters in Speech Pathology from New Mexico State University.

Prior to her appointment as vice dean, Dr. Salas-Provance served as associate dean of academic and student affairs for the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. She served as assistant dean and chair in the College of Education, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montevallo (AL). She held faculty positions at Fontbonne College and St. Louis University, in St. Louis, MO.

She has made extensive professional contributions to the American, Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA), serving on the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, member of the Financial Planning Board, and the Multicultural Issues Board. She served as coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations and was a founding member and coordinator of SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is an ASHA Fellow and received ASHA’s highest awards for “Special Recognition in Multicultural Affairs” and “Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement.”

Dr.Salas-Provance has served as a clinical educator throughout her academic career, especially related to children with cleft lip and palate. She is a member of an international medical team with Rotaplast International and has traveled worldwide for over 15 years to provide clinical services to children with cleft palate. She implemented a program for graduate students in speech pathology to provide clinical services in Spanish to children with cleft palate in Lima, Peru. In addition to Lima, Peru she has provided clinical services in China, Bangladesh, Philippines, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Venezuela.

Dr. Salas-Provance is coauthor of the textbook Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech-Language and Hearing Science (Plural Publishing, 2019) which meets the needs for training students in healthcare professions regarding practice with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Her research is focused on attitudes towards disability by diverse populations and addressing the use of language interpreters during healthcare and educational encounters.

Over the past ten years she has lectured extensively to international audiences, both in English and Spanish, including as invited speaker for the Congreso Internacional en Trastornos de la Comunicacion at Escuela de Fonoaudiologia (Speech Language Pathology / Audiology) de la Universidad de Talca, Chile and for the Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza, Lima, Peru, Endoscopic Evaluation of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. She was invited keynote speaker for the First International Congress in Speech-Language Pathology and Orthodontics in the area of cleft lip and palate in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Salas-Provance was selected for the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Leadership Program and attended the National Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington DC (2017) for advancing female executives in higher education.

Lori Bordenave, PT, DPT, PhD
Lori Bordenave, PT, DPT, PhD
Interim Chair
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Dr. Bordenave, PT, DPT, PhD, is the director of the doctor of physical therapy program and an associate professor. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University (1985), a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University (2000), and her DPT from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences (2007). In 2016, she completed her PhD at Nova Southeastern University in physical therapy. Dr. Bordenave joined the physical therapy faculty in 1996. Her research interests include qualitative research exploring teaching and learning, professional development, and the impact of interventions. Additionally, she is engaged in research exploring women’s health issues and evidence-based practice. She teaches a course in educational theory and practice within the physical therapy program and continues to teach both the American Physical Therapy Association’s level 1 and level 2 clinical instructor credentialing courses.

Tammy Roehling, PT, DPT, PhD
Tammy Roehling, PT, DPT, PhD
Director
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Dr. Roehling is an assistant professor of physical therapy and director of the posprofessional doctor of physical therapy program. She received her bachelor of science in exercise science from the University of Arizona, her master of physical therapy from Emory University, her doctor of physical therapy from ATSU, and her doctor of philosophy in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She has worked in a variety of settings with a focus on wound management and women’s health, and currently owns a private practice specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction. She has taught wound care for a national CEU company and has co-authored a chapter in Abernathy’s Medical Secrets: Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Secrets. Dr. Roehling teaches wound management and gender healthcare in the physical therapy department. Her research interests are in academic integrity and pelvic floor dysfunction.

University Catalog

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Read the University Catalog to learn more about the Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree online program and the University.

Accreditation

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Degree-granting authority for ASHS has been given by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 West Washington Rd., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phone 602.542.5709.

The Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an online program. It is not the entry-level residential Doctor of Physical Therapy program and therefore is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Postprofessional doctor of physical therapy non-degree seeking faculty

Being first in whole person education not only results from pioneering the tenets of osteopathic medicine but also from faculty members who champion excellence, innovation and community service as integral components of ATSU-ASHS’s Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Faculty members comprise a team of leaders in their respective fields who have earned a variety of specialized certifications. They not only teach online and in the classroom but also provide students pursuing a postprofessional physical therapy doctorate program online with hands-on learning opportunities and real-world experience. They do more than teach; they are mentors, advisors and researchers who are dedicated to supporting each student and infusing them with the spirit of exploration, innovation and leadership.

Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dean, ATSU-ASHS
Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM
President, ATSU
Clinton Normore, MBA
Director of Diversity
  • Career advancement +

    • ATSU’s Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy Non-Degree courses are for international physical therapists that are in the process of completing U.S. licensure requirements. Students fulfill professional deficiencies in order to be deemed eligible by a credentialing evaluator to sit for state licensure to become a PT in the U.S.

  • Application +

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      For additional information contact an Enrollment Counselor: 877.469.2878 or onlineinquiry@atsu.edu

      Application Deadlines:

      In order to be considered for admissions in each of the following quarters, a completed application and all required documents must be received by the following deadlines:

      Term Application Deadline Start Date
      Fall 20-21 July 10, 2020 August 31, 2020
      Winter 20-21 October 2, 2020 November 30, 2020
      Spring 20-21 January 15, 2021 March 15, 2021
      Summer 20-21 April 16, 2021 June 14, 2021

      Incomplete applications will be moved to the next admissions cycle.