Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree
Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree
Entry Level Degree Program
Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who work to restore movement and function through direct treatment, education, consultation, and management of rehabilitation resources. Physical therapy means the examination, treatment, and instruction of human beings to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate, and limit physical disability, movement dysfunction, bodily malfunction, and pain from injury, disease, and any other bodily and mental conditions.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) entry level program is designed for the individual without a physical therapy degree. The three-year program is offered in Mesa, Arizona, and requires full-time attendance and includes supervised clinical internships.
Courses are designed with emphasis on both a strong academic foundation and clinical practice. Enrollment is limited to 62 students per class. Class section size allows faculty and staff to work closely with students to help them develop the professional attitudes and clinical problem-solving skills necessary for optimum patient care.
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Mission Statement
A.T. Still University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is committed to educating highly competent and professional entry level physical therapists who are dedicated to clinical excellence, whole person health care, cultural competence, critical inquiry, and lifelong learning.
The faculty of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program affirms the mission and values of A.T. Still University. We believe in whole-person healthcare that enables individuals to achieve optimal health. We believe physical therapists are uniquely qualified practitioners for the diagnosis of, intervention for, and prevention of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to movement, function, and health.
We strive to graduate autonomous practitioners who value life-long learning and demonstrate expertise in clinical reasoning and critical appraisal of evolving knowledge to provide high quality services to individuals across the continuum of care and lifespan in a dynamic healthcare system.
We believe in providing a rigorous learner-centered curriculum that emphasizes a hands-on approach to patient/client management and incorporates critical inquiry, cultural competence, service-learning, and interprofessional collaboration.
A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 800.621.7440 | Fax: 312.263.7462
The residential Doctor of Physical Therapy program at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703.684.2782; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;website: www.capteonline.org.
Information about CAPTE including a directory of programs, upcoming reviews, recent actions, and how to file a complaint can be found at www.capteonline.org.
Priority Consideration Agreements +
Arizona State University
Students who will graduate or have graduated within one year with a bachelor’s degree and major in Kinesiology or Exercise and Wellness are eligible for priority consideration. ATSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program reserves 7 seats annually for ASU Kinesiology majors and 7 seats for Exercise and Wellness majors. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent to Dr. Lori Bordenave at the time they submit their PTCAS application. The deadline to apply for a priority consideration agreement seat is November 1. Students must meet all admissions requirements in order to be considered.
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Students who will graduate or have graduated within one year with a Bachelor’s degree and major are eligible for priority consideration. ATSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program reserves 4 seats annually for Chanminade graduates. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent to Dr. Lori Bordenave at the time they submit their PTCAS application. The deadline to apply for a priority consideration agreement seat is November 1. Students must meet all admissions requirements in order to be considered.
Grand Canyon University
Students who will graduate or have graduated within one year with a Bachelor of Science, Pre-PT Programs in Biology or Exercise Science degree are eligible for priority consideration. ATSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program reserves 7 seats annually for Pre-PT majors. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent to Dr. Lori Bordenaveat the time they submit their PTCAS application. The deadline to apply for a priority consideration agreement seat is November 1. Students must meet all admissions requirements in order to be considered.
Truman State University
Students who will graduate or have graduated within one year with a Bachelor’s degree In Health or Exercise Science (HES) are eligible for priority consideration. ATSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program reserves 7 seats annually for HES majors. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent to Dr. Lori Bordenave at the time they submit their PTCAS application. The deadline to apply for a priority consideration agreement seat is November 1. Students must meet all admissions requirements in order to be considered.
2018 - 93.7%
2017 - 100%
2016 - 95.2%
2015 - 100%
Licensure Pass Rates for previous years
2016 - 98.3%
2015 - 96.7%
2014 - 98.4%
2013 - 96.39%
Graduate Employment Rates for previous years (For all graduates passing licensure exam)
2016 - 100% of respondents employed
2015 - 100% of respondents employed
2014 - 100% of respondents employed
2013 - 100% of respondents employed
- How do I apply to the program? When is the application deadline? The Doctor of Physical Therapy program participates in the Physical Therapy Central Application Services (PTCAS). PTCAS provides a web-based service that allows applicants to submit a single application to multiple participating PT programs. All official transcripts and letters of reference are sent electronically to PTCAS as part of the application process. Please visit PTCAS at for more information on how to apply for admission. PTCAS opens during the first week of July for applicants to apply for the next year’s class. If an applicant meets the minimum 2.80 cumulative and pre-requisite GPA requirement, they will be invited by Doctor of Physical Therapy program, via email to submit an electronic secondary (supplemental) application. The deadline to apply to Doctor of Physical Therapy program is Dec. 17. Program enrollment is based on rolling admissions and applicants are encouraged to apply early as all applications are processed when received at ATSU.
- What is the average GPA and GRE of your students? What GRE do I need to take? Average GPA for the Class of 2021 was 3.43 for Cumulative and 3.46 for Prerequisite. GRE averages for the entering class of 2018 were as follows: Verbal = 150, Quantitative = 151 and Analytical = 3.81. The GRE test you need to take is the General Test, not the Subject Tests. GRE scores should be sent directly to PTCAS. Institutional Code for ATSU is 7695 listed under Arizona. The department code is 0619 and the state code is Arizona (AZ).
- I can’t find the program’s GRE code 7695 on the ETS website. Where do I send my scores? To find the 7695 GRE code on the ETS website you need to go to . Please do not send your scores to the other Arizona code 3743 as it will not go to our program’s admissions department or PTCAS. If you already submitted your scores to 3743, you will need to contact ETS and have your scores resent to the correct 7695 code.
- What undergraduate majors do you recommend to be a more competitive applicant? A student may have any degree, as long as all admissions requirements and prerequisite courses are fulfilled and you have been awarded a bachelors degree.
- Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college? Does ATSU accept online courses? You may take your prerequisite courses at any accredited community college or university. Prerequisite courses can be taken online or in a traditional format.
- When do I need to have my prerequisites completed? Prerequisite courses can be completed during a Summer term as long as the official grade is posted by July 1st. At this time, you will be required to submit an updated transcript to our Admissions department. Applicants with 3 or fewer outstanding prerequisites will be considered for admissions.
- Can I take prerequisite courses at your institution? No. Our courses are only open to students enrolled in our programs.
- If I have a question about a prerequisite course, what should I do? You may contact Erlinda Cisneros-Johnson, program manager, via email.
- How many observation hours do I need? How do I document hours? You are required to have a minimum of 30 hours of experience with a physical therapist. This is documented in your PTCAS application. Exposure to multiple types of physical therapy practices such as geriatrics, pediatrics, neurology and orthopedics is desired, and a consideration in the decision to offer admission. Students may contact hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient physical therapy clinics to meet the required observation hours. Letters verifying observation hours are not required.
- Where can I go for my clinical internships? We have over 500 clinical sites throughout the U.S., in a variety of both rural and urban settings.
- How long is the program? The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is three years in length. The first two years are spent in the classroom and the 3rd year students will complete 3-ten week clinical internships, participate in Virtual Grand Rounds and complete a research or evidence-based practice project.
- Are students able to work while in the Program? Some students do choose to work part-time while in the program, often times through work study on campus. Full-time employment is not possible while attending the program.
- Does massage therapy, nursing, medical, naturopathic or other professional coursework transfer into the program? No.
- Do you offer financial aid? Where can I find scholarship information? Yes, we offer financial aid to our students. Please email email@example.com for information regarding scholarships and loans. We also participate in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education program. To find out more, please visit www.wiche.edu and contact your state representative.
- Does the ATSU have on campus housing? We do not have on campus housing; however we offer resource for finding housing in the local area and roommate matching upon acceptance.
- Does the university assist with job placement? 100 percent of our graduates are employed within six months. Our graduates are recruited through a job fair annually, an alumni website, and their clinical internships.
- I’d like to visit campus, who should I contact? Contact the admissions office to schedule a campus tour or call 480.219.6000 and mention your interest in the PT program. Tours are provided every Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Physical Therapy Degree Faculty
Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus
Dr. Danielsen is dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.
Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.
- Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus
Vice Dean +
Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dr. Burch is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean. In addition, she leads several University or School wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.
Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) 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.
Dr. Burch received her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming 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.
- Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Jim Farris, PT, PhD
Jim Farris, PT, PhD, is the chair and professor of the physical therapy department. Dr. Farris earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education, 1987 and master’s degree in exercise science, 1989 were received from California State University, Fresno; bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, 1999 at Arkansas State University. His doctoral degree was conferred by The Ohio State University in 1995 where his studies focused on exercise physiology and nutrition. He completed the APTA’s Education Leadership Institute Fellowship in 2015 and is an ELI Fellow. Dr. Farris joined ATSU’s faculty in 2009 and is now in his 21st year of physical therapy teaching. His current scholarship efforts are aimed at childhood obesity and prevention of the related cardiovascular disease risk factors, submaximal aerobic fitness testing in children, education and admission issues, and the screening/management of DVTs/VTEs. He also has interests in nutrition for optimal health and performance and he has written a chapter on “meal timing” in a sport nutrition book. His home is in the west where outdoor activity and sunshine is abundant. He currently teaches special topics within courses in the DPT program (physiology, pharmacology, research) and teaches the biophysical agents course.
- Jim Farris, PT, PhD
Lori Moist Bordenave, PT, DPT, PhD
Lori Moist 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.
- Lori Moist Bordenave, PT, DPT, PhD
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Ms. Arndt is the director of clinical education (DCE) and assistant professor in the physical therapy program. She is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Ms. Arndt has also completed certifications as a credentialed clinical instructor and advanced clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. Her over 9 years of clinical experience are focused in the area of acute care and neurorehabilitation in the adult patient population, as well as, serving as the Site Coordinator of Clinical Education (SCCE) for several years. Ms. Arndt joined the ATSU
faculty in 2018 and her primary teaching areas are within basic patient care skills and clinical education.
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Dr. Cuka is an assistant professor at A.T. Still University in the physical therapy program. Dr. Cuka earned her master’s degree in physical therapy from Regis University, a doctoral degree from the Ola Grimsby Institute and a doctor of science in physical therapy from Andrews University. Additionally, Dr. Cuka is a board certified clinical specialist through the American Physical Therapy association and a fellow in the American Academy
of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. She has been a practicing clinician for over 17 years in outpatient orthopedics. For the last decade, she has operated a private practice and functioned as affiliate faculty in Regis University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Her specialties and research interests include anatomy, manual therapy, spine and scoliosis. Dr. Cuka joined ATSU’s physical therapy faculty in 2018.
Deanne Fay, PT, DPT, PhD
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Dr. Fay is the director of curriculum and professor of physical therapy. Dr. Fay is also a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Fay has over 20 years of experience primarily in neurological and pediatric settings. She received her professional education from Marquette University (1990), a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in motor development from the University of Wisconsin (1995), a DPT from A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences (2007), and a PhD in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University (2016). She has her pediatric neuro-developmental treatment certification as well as training in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. Dr. Fay’s teaching areas are human development, pediatrics, and evidence-based practice. Her research interests include assessment in pediatrics, effectiveness of community-based pediatric programs, and the development of evidence-based practitioners. She is also involved with sports for the physically disabled, serving as a track and field national and international classifier for Paralympic events. In 2012, Dr. Fay was awarded Physical Therapist of the Year by the Arizona Physical Therapy Association. She joined the physical therapy faculty in 1995.
Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT
Director, Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program
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Dr. Hodges is the program director of the physical therapy orthopedic residency program and is an associate professor of physical therapy for the residential program. Dr. Hodges received her entry level physical therapy degree from Northern Arizona University and continued on to the University of South Australia for her masters degree in manipulative therapy. From there she received her doctorate at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. She has over 30 years of clinical experience in orthopedic physical therapist and has been teaching in the entry-level program at ATSU since 2008. Dr. Hodges’ research interests are in the lumbo-pelvic region.
John Imundi, PT, DPT
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Dr. Imundi is an assistant professor in physical therapy. He has over 15 years of experience in various practice settings with a focus on inpatient and outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. He holds a bachelor of arts in international relations from Boston University (1997), a bachelor of science in health sciences from Touro College (2001), a master of sciences in physical therapy from Touro College (2002) and completed his post professional DPT from A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences (2009). Dr. Imundi is currently pursuing his doctor of education in health professions from ATSU. Dr. Imundi also received additional training in leadership and development. His primary teaching areas include cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and professional practice leadership and management. Dr. Imundi’s research interests include promotion of health and wellness and prevention of disease. Dr. Imundi continues to provide physical therapy services for the cardiopulmonary patient population.
Sarah Johnston, PhD
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Dr. Johnston joined the faculty at A. T. Still University as an Assistant Professor of Human Movement in September, 2011. Sarah’s teaching emphases are the physiological adaptations to exercise, evidence-based practice in sport, and research methods. Dr. Johnston graduated with a PhD in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. Her dissertation research, conducted in the Center for Metabolic Biology, focused on the molecular mechanisms responsible for insulin resistance and type II diabetes. Dr. Johnston has studied the effects of an infusion of branched chain amino acids in human subjects on insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle. Her current research interests focus on bioenergetics testing methodology and the effect of aging on exercise performance. In addition to graduate and undergraduate teaching and research, Johnston works with equestrian athletes of all levels. Previously from Oregon, but now a resident of Arizona, she is thankful for the many athletic opportunities available year-round in the Valley of the Sun.
Jamie Kuettel, PT, DPT
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Dr. Kuettel is an assistant professor at A.T. Still University in the physical therapy program where she teaches in the neurologic and geriatric curriculums. She is board-certified in both neurology and geriatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and also specializes in vestibular rehab. Dr. Kuettel has over 6 years of clinical experience with focus on neurorehabilitation in adults as well as mentorship of physical therapy graduate students, neurologic residency program participants and coordination of neurologic residency programs. Dr. Kuettel received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona (2006), her doctorate in physical therapy from A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences (2010) and completed a neurologic residency program at Scottsdale Healthcare/NAU (2012). She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and actively services on the APTA House of Delegates. Her research interests are within neurologic assessment using standardized outcome measures, rehabilitation techniques in adults with neurologic disease and injury and student perceptions of older adults. She joined ATSU’s physical therapy faculty in 2016.
Chelsea Lohman, PhD
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Dr. Lohman joined the Arizona School of Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy in August 2013. She is the director of curriculum and instruction of anatomy within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and obtained her master’s degree in Athletic Training and her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Lohman’s research interests focus on improving clinical examination techniques. Specifically, she is interested in the mechanical effects of neural tension testing techniques.
Jim Lynskey, PT, PhD
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Dr. Lynskey is an Associate Professor with Tenure and Director of Research for the Physical Therapy Department in the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. Jim received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. In addition to his faculty appointment, Dr. Lynskey holds the position of Assistant Research Scientist in the Center
for Adaptive Neural Systems at Arizona State University. He has over 22 years of clinical experience with expertise is in the areas of acute and sub-acute neurorehabilitation. His academic and research interests focus on promoting and understanding recovery and neuroplasticity after traumatic injuries in the central nervous system. To date, Dr. Lynskey’s
work has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences. He joined the Physical Therapy Faculty in 2005.
Cory Manton, PT, DPT
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Dr. Manton is an assistant professor in physical therapy. Dr. Manton received his doctor of physical therapy degree from A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in exercise science. Dr. Manton has over 15 years of physical therapy experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting. His teaching areas include musculoskeletal conditions and therapeutic exercise. Dr. Manton’s research interests include physical therapy management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and physical therapy education.
Tara L McIsaac, PT, PhD
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Dr. McIsaac is an associate professor of physical therapy at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has over 25 years of clinical experience with expertise in adult neurorehabilitation in a variety of settings, including home health, acute and subacute facilities, day treatment programs for community re-entry and return to work after brain injury, vestibular and balance clinic, and outpatient adult neurological rehab clinics. Dr. McIsaac received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse (1992) and PhD in neuroscience from the University of Arizona (2006). She completed postdoctoral fellowships in motor learning & control at Teachers College, Columbia University and in kinesiology at Arizona State University, and was assistant professor of movement sciences and director of the neurophysiology & motor learning laboratory at Teachers College. Her academic and research interests focus on the interaction of attention and movement control in rehabilitation, using dual- and multi-tasking paradigms in adults with neurological injury, and disease. She joined the physical therapy faculty in 2013.
James Roush, PT, PhD
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Dr. Roush is a professor in physical therapy at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, where he teaches biomechanics, kinesiology, and research design/statistics. He holds a bachelor of science in physical education from the University of Arizona (1976), a master of science in physical education with a specialization in athletic training from the University of Arizona (1977), a PhD in physical education with a specialization in kinesiology/biomechanics from the University of Southern California (1984), and a bachelor of science in physical therapy from Northwestern University (1988). Dr. Roush is dually-credentialed as a physical therapist and an athletic trainer in Arizona. He is very active in the American Physical Therapy Association, serving in many leadership roles within Arizona as well as a member of the house of delegates for the national association. He currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona.
Tammy Roehling, PT, DPT
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Dr. Roehling is an assistant professor of physical therapy and director of the post-professional 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, and her doctor of physical therapy from ATSU. Dr. Roehling is currently a PhD candidate at 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.
Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, PhD
Director, Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program
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Dr. Glittenberg has been a full-time faculty member of the ATSU physical therapy department since 1996. She is an associate professor for the residential program as well as the director of the ATSU neurologic physical therapy residency program. She received a bachelor of science degree in literature, science, and the arts and a certificate in physical therapy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received a master of science, with an emphasis in neurological physical therapy from Northwestern University, Chicago. Dr. Glittenberg received her PhD in health sciences, with a concentration in international health education and research, from Trident University International. She is a certified neurological clinical specialist (NCS) of the American Physical Therapy Association and has extensive clinical and teaching experience in neurorehabilitation. She has received her certified exercise expert for aging adults (CEEAA) credential through the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Her primary teaching areas in the residential program are neurorehabilitation and geriatric physical therapy. Her research interests are in the areas of attitudes toward individuals with disability, outcome measures and interventions for individuals with neurological conditions, falls prevention, and healthy aging.
Tawna Wilkinson, PT, DPT, PhD
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Dr. Wilkinson is the director of clinical education (DCE) and an associate professor in the physical therapy program. She is board-certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and has several years of experience in a variety of pediatric settings. Her primary focus as DCE is development of clinical sites, clinical instructors, and center coordinators of clinical education. Dr. Wilkinson received her professional education from A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences in 1999, completed her transitional doctor of physical therapy degree in 2004, and a PhD in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern in 2015. She joined the ATSU faculty in 2007. Her research interests are within clinical education, pediatric assessment and treatment, evidence-based practice, and community-based student learning experiences. Dr. Wilkinson’s teaching areas are clinical education, evidence-based practice, critical inquiry, and psychosocial aspects of disability.
Jodi Young, PT, DPT
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Dr. Young is an associate professor of physical therapy. Dr. Young earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of North Dakota, is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. She is currently working towards a PhD through the University of Newcastle where she is researching healthcare utilization and patterns of care in patients with lower extremity injuries. Her primary teaching areas are in the musculoskeletal curriculum and differential diagnosis. She has over 11 years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic settings, with a special interest in the spine. She has presented at national conferences in the area of manual therapy and has been published in several different peer-reviewed journals. She joined the ATSU faculty in 2016.
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Beth Jordan is the Clinical Education Administrative Assistant for the residential Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She joined the department in November of 2011 and is a key member of the clinical education team. She assists Dr. Wilkinson and Dr. Arndt in several aspects of the clinical education component of the residential program to ensure each student has met the clinical education graduation requirements.
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Mrs. Moralez is the Assistant to the Chair. She joined the Physical Therapy Department in 2008 and brings over 10 years of experience. She provides support to the Department Chair in addition to assisting with administrative duties, departmental processes, department special projects, and assisting with the needs of the faculty and students.
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Erlinda joined A. T. Still University in 2011 and most recently joined the Physical Therapy Department as program manager. Erlinda brings over 20 years of service skills to the Physical Therapy Department . As the program manager, she provides comprehensive support for the residential Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Neurologic and Orthopedic Residency Programs. She oversees the residential admissions process, program events, and administrative responsibilities pertaining to faculty, staff and students.
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Cassie joined the Physical Therapy Department in 2017 as the administrative assistant where she brings over 5 years of experience. In her role she provides support for the Neurologic and Orthopedic Residency Programs. In addition, Cassie assists program managers with administrative duties and management of residential DPT students admission requirements.
- Beth Jordan
Admission Statistics and Requirements
2017-2018 Admissions cycle:
Total applicants - 1,208
Eligible applicants - 649
Selected for interview - 122
Matriculated - 62
Additional Admission Requirements
The Residential DPT program admits on a rolling admission basis. Early application is strongly encouraged.
- Each applicant must submit information listed below to the Physical Therapist Centralized Application System (PTCAS) www.ptcas.org. All questions regarding to PTCAS applications must be directed to PTCAS.
- Baccalaureate Degree: Official transcripts for all college level courses must be submitted directly from the institution to PTCAS. Official transcripts showing an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution must be submitted prior to enrollment.
- Prerequisite Courses: Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the start of school. See a list of prerequisite courses. Applicants with four (4) or more outstanding prerequisites will not be considered for admission. Applicants must show proof of enrollment in any pending prerequisite courses by the end of the Spring quarter.
- Applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.80 cumulative GPA and a 2.80 prerequisite GPA (on a 4.0 scale). These GPAs are calculated and reported by PTCAS. The ATSU Admissions Department does not recalculate GPAs.
- Graduate Record Examination Scores: Scores older than three years prior to admission year will not be accepted. The GRE general test Code for ASHS is on the ETS website. Applicants are required to have a minimum GRE of 140 for verbal and quantitative as well as a 3.5 on the writing score.
- Letters of References: Specific information regarding letters of reference can be found in PTCAS. For the secondary application, applicants only need to supply the name of the references listed in the primary PTCAS application.
- Physical Therapy Observation: Applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 30 contact hours with a physical therapist in a variety of physical therapy settings prior to application submission. Exposure to multiple types of physical therapy practices such as, geriatrics, pediatrics, neurology and orthopedics is desired, and a consideration in the decision to offer admission. Students may contact hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient physical therapy clinics to meet the required observation hours. Observation hours do not have to be verified.
- ATSU maintains priority consideration agreements with Arizona State University (ASU), Grand Canyon University (GCU), Truman State University (TSU) and Chaminade University of Honolulu. More information.
- Secondary or supplemental application: Applicants meeting the minimum GPA requirements will be invited by ATSU via email to submit a secondary application. This application, in addition to a $70 application fee, must be submitted to ATSU for admission consideration.
- All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. For non-native speakers, methods by which you can demonstrate your English Proficiency are published in the General Admissions section. International Admissions Requirements
- Interview: Applicants who are considered potential candidates may be required to participate in an applicant interview process. Personal interviews are conducted both on-site and by video conference. Dates are not released prior to reviewing an applicant’s application.
- As a candidate for the DPT program at A.T. Still University, applicants must certify they meet the Minimal Technical Standards for admission and matriculation, which can be found in the Online University Catalog.
- Windows or Mac laptop that meets University computer system requirements and guidelines, internet service provider, and internet access.
Applicants who wish to be considered for more than one program must submit a separate application and fee, official GRE scores, transcripts, and references for each health sciences program. Acceptance to ATSU-ASHS is to a specific program and is not transferable to any other program. Application materials are not transferable from one application year to another.
Each student must submit proof of satisfactory completion at a minimum grade of “C” for each of the following courses by enrollment. For questions, please contact Residential Admissions office at 480.219.6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Biology/Anatomy - Two courses in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, each including lecture and lab (two semesters lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester/10 quarter hours). Example: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, all with lecture and lab.
- Biology/Zoology - Two courses in Biology/Zoology, each including lecture and lab (two semesters lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester/10 quarter hours). Examples: General Biology I and II, Genetics, Molecular, Cellular and Microbiology, all with lecture and lab.
- General Chemistry - Two courses in Chemistry, each including lecture and lab. (two semesters lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester/10 quarter hours). Examples: General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, all with lecture and lab.
- Physics - Two courses in Physics, each including lecture and lab (two semesters lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester/10 quarter hours). Examples: General Physics I and II, or College/University Physics I and II all with lecture and lab.
- Statistics - One course, minimum of 3 semester/4 quarter hours. Examples: Applied Statistics, Elements of Statistics, and Statistics of Bio-Sciences.
- Psychology - Two courses: Abnormal psychology and developmental/child psychology (this course must cover lifespan or conception/birth through adulthood), minimum of 6 semester/8 quarter hours. No substitutes accepted, including general or introductory psychology.
- Exercise Physiology – One course, minimum of 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
Application to the Doctor of Physical Therapy entry level program must be submitted to the Central Application Service for Physical Therapist (PTCAS). PTCAS provides a web-based service that allows applicants to submit a single application to multiple participating PT programs. All official transcripts and letters of reference are sent directly to PTCAS as part of the application process.
Please visit PTCAS for more information on how to apply for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy entry level program.
The deadline to apply with PTCAS for the ATSU-ASHS PT program is December 17, 2018. Program enrollment is based on a rolling admissions. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Once ATSU-ASHS receives a completed PTCAS application and determines that minimum requirements are met, the applicant is notified by email to submit a secondary application fee of $70 for final processing. Upon receipt of this fee, the application then receives full consideration by the Doctor of Physical Therapy entry level program.
Tuition and Expenses+
- Secondary Application fee $70
- Tuition: $35,520/year
- Educational supply fee: $1,150/year
- Medical Equipment fee for First Year Students: $175
- Medical Equipment fee for Third Year Students: $210
Tuition and fees are subject to change.
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Physical Therapy Curriculum Overview
A curriculum guide showing the sequence and description of courses for the residential degree program is available in PDF format for you to download and print. To use this file you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available FREE on the Adobe website.
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