Doctor of Physical Therapy


Continuing Education

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose University offers a number of continuing education opportunities in collaboration with the Quad City Consortium for Continuing Education, which includes Genesis Health System, UnityPoint Health, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, and the Children's Therapy Center.

Upcoming Events

Faculty Opportunities and Possibilities in a Physical Therapy Department – From Adjunct to Professor
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, St. Ambrose University Center for Health Sciences Education, Room 180

The need for highly qualified faculty members within physical therapy education programs is great with additional shortages predicted into 2025. This shortage can be attributed to growth in education programs, faculty retirements, and barriers to gaining the education and training needed for faculty positions. The goal of this one day workshop is to stimulate attendees’ interest in faculty roles (full time or part time) and seek out further education to qualify for the faculty positions. The topics of department and university structure, faculty roles, faculty expectations, terminal degrees and qualifications for faculty, and opportunities in physical therapy education will be discuss. Instructors will use lecture, small group activities, panel presentations, and discussion to share information. 

At the completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to
1.      Describe the structure of universities, colleges, and physical therapy departments and how they differ based on the mission of the institution.
2.      Describe expectations and requirements of full time physical therapy department faculty members and how they differ based on the mission of the institution.
3.      Differentiate the typical faculty roles and expectations with each role in a physical therapy department.
         a.      Core faculty
         b.      Program administrator
         c.      Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education/Director of Clinical Education
         d.      Associated faculty
         e.      Clinical education faculty
4.      Identify the importance of training physical therapists to be primary investigators in rehabilitation research.
5.      Differentiate terminal degrees (PhD, EdD, DSc, ScD, DHS) and areas of study/certification that may qualify an individual for a core faculty position.
6.      Seek roles as guest instructors, lab assistants, or adjunct faculty in a physical therapy department based on current qualifications. 
7.      Take steps to investigate and enroll in a terminal degree program related to physical therapy.

Attendees should complete the two reading assignments. Once registered,  readings will be emailed to attendees. 

1. Brueilly KE, Williamson EM, Morris GS. Defining core faculty for physical therapist education. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2007; 21(2):10-16.
2. Gordon J. Pauline Cerasoli Lecture: Excellence in academic physical therapy: what is it and how do we get there. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2011; 25(3):8-13. 

Time Topic
8:00-8:30 Introduction and Issues in Physical Therapy Education
8:30-9:15 University Structure and Mission
9:15-10:00 Faculty Roles and Expectations
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Criteria and Training Requirements
11:00-11:30 Terminal Degrees Options
11:30-12:15 The Development of an Independent Scientist
12:15-1:00 Lunch provided with Presenters Faculty and Panelists
1:00-2:15 Panel 1 Discussion: Full Time Faculty Roles and Terminal Degrees
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Panel 2 Discussion: Part time involvements
3:45-4:30 Next Steps

• Bryon Ballantyne, PT, PhD – Professor in the Physical Therapy Department, St. Ambrose University
• Sandy Cassady, PT, PhD – Dean College of Health and Human Service, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Professor in the Physical Therapy Department, St. Ambrose University
• Kevin Farrell, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT – Professor in Physical Therapy Department, Chair of the Orthopaedic Clinical Residency Program, St. Ambrose University
• Mike Puthoff, PT, PhD, GCS – Professor and Director in Physical Therapy Department, St. Ambrose University
• Nora Riley, PT, PhD, NCS – Professor in Physical Therapy Department, St. Ambrose University


• Lynn Kilburg, DHSc, MBA, OTR/L – Professor and Director, Occupational Therapy Department 
• Brad Kruse, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS – Assistant Professor, Clarke University 
• Becky Lawrence, PT, DPT, OCS – PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota 
• Crystal Markfort, PT, DPT, PCS – University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
• Katie Powers, PT , DPT, PCS – Genesis Health System
• Kristin Ryan, PT, DPT, CLT – Visit Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, St. Ambrose University
• Cheryl Sparks, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT – Assistant Professor, Bradley University
• Candi Gardner, PT, DPT, OCS – Genesis Health System

Registration Costs:
This workshop is being offered at no cost to attendees. Limited spots are available for this workshop. Please click here to reserve your spot.

Pharmacology in Rehabilitation  
Thursday, June 16 - Friday, June 17, 2016 at St. Ambrose University, Center for Health Sciences, featuring Charles D. Ciccone, PT, PhD

Physical therapists and other rehabilitation specialists recognize the fact that drugs can influence their patients' responses to physical rehabilitation. Medications may provide beneficial effects that act synergistically with the rehabilitation treatment, or they can generate side effects that may adversely affect rehabilitation goals. Hence, many therapists want to learn more about pharmacology and how drug therapy can interact with rehabilitation.

This course will present some of the basic drug classes and the physiologic basis of their action. Drugs will be grouped according to their general effects and the type of disorders they are routinely used to treat. Special emphasis will be placed on drugs that are commonly used to treat disorders seen in patients receiving physical therapy and how drug therapy interacts with rehabilitation.

The target audience for this course will be for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, other rehabilitation specialists, Nursing, & SLP

For detailed information regarding this course along with the schedule, please click here.
To register for this course, please click here.