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School of Rehabilitation SciencesDoctor of Physical Therapy

About the Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Old Dominion University is a full-time three-year course of study that includes classroom instruction, laboratory instruction and practice, online interactions, readings and homework assignments, discussions, peer-teaching, seminars and clinical internships. Our faculty are dedicated to excellence in professional teaching, research, and service to the profession, to the university, and to the community. We push students to develop their ability to think critically in evaluating ideas, new discoveries and techniques, thereby providing a basis for a lifetime of learning and a vibrant career of patient-centered care.

The DPT program accepts about 40 students annually. The program starts in mid-May with an intense anatomy class. View curriculum schedule in the catalog.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Complete the Graduate Records Exam with a recommended score of at least 148 each on the verbal and quantitative sections and 3.5 on the writing section.

  2. Provide three letters of recommendation including one from a physical therapist.

  3. ODU's DPT program requires a total of 40 volunteer hours. The hours can be paid or volunteer. These hours MUST be completed in at least TWO (2) distinctly different PT clinics or settings (treating different patient populations). Volunteer hours must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

  4. Submit a written essay on the question included in the PTCAS Application and answer the ODU-specific questions.

  5. Complete the ODU graduate admissions application that will be sent via an email link once the PTCAS application has been submitted. Please do NOT complete the regular graduate admissions application.

    If you are accepted to ODU and decide to attend, we will ask for an official transcript showing you have completed your undergraduate degree prior to enrollment in the DPT Program.

  6. Completion of the following pre-requisites at Old Dominion University or another regionally-accredited institution:

    Course Work Semester Credit Hours Completed Within the Past
    Statistics 3 10 years
    General Biology (not botany) with Lab 8 10 years
    General Chemistry With Lab 8 10 years
    Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 8 5 years
    General Physics with Lab 8 10 years
    Psychology 3 10 years


Applications to the ODU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program take place through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS). The PTCAS Application can be accessed through the link below. In addition, once the PTCAS application is submitted, applicants will be emailed a link to complete the information required for the ODU Graduate Application and submit the $50 fee to Old Dominion University.

PTCAS Application

Archana Vatwani

Archana Vatwani

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Vatwani is the current Graduate Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Clinical Associate Professor at Old Dominion University (ODU). Prior to ODU, she was an Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She is an acute care physical therapist with a clinical expertise in cardiovascular and pulmonary high-acuity patients and worked at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD for a decade. She has held many organizational service leadership positions including the NSU Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Healthcare Sciences founding chair of the diversity and inclusion faculty committee and the founding co-chair of the Physical Therapy department cultural competence task force. At the state and professional level, she served as the founding co-chair of the Florida Physical Therapy Association Acute Care Special Interest group. She is a certified lymphedema and wound Care therapist (CLWT), certified lean six sigma black belt (CLSSBB), certified project management professional (PMP), National Diversity Council certified diversity professional (CDP) and certified in diversity, equity, and inclusion at the workplace. Her primary research interests include cultural competence in healthcare and academia, interprofessional education and practice, simulation-based teaching/learning, healthcare education, physical therapy practice, and management specifically in the acute care and cardiovascular and pulmonary fields. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and presentations. She graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University, Master of Business Administration degree from Holy Family University and her terminal degree, an Education and Leadership in Healthcare Doctorate (EdD) from Nebraska Methodist College. She is the recipient of the 2022 Healthcare Diversity Leader Award from the National Diversity Council, 2022 American Physical Therapy Association Minority Faculty Scholarship award, and a member of the Alpha Eta Honor Society.

Beth Jamali

Beth Jamali

Associate Program Director

Dr. Beth Jamali serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University. She is currently serving as the Program Director for Physical Therapy and Admissions Director. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Russel Sage College in 1989, her Master of Science degree with a concentration in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 1997. In 2005, Dr. Jamali received her PhD in Urban Services - Urban Education Concentration with an emphasis in Higher Education from Old Dominion University. From 2000 - 2020, Dr. Jamali held a board certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). She continues to practice physical therapy in the home health care environment. Dr. Jamali's research interests include clinical outcomes with the neurologically and orthopedically involved populations. She currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA with her two daughters.

Mary Dalmida

Mary Dalmida

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary Dalmida serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Dalmida earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Sport and Health Education with emphasis in Sports Medicine in 2005 from Radford University. She earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011 from Old Dominion University. Dr. Dalmida's' clinical work has been in outpatient orthopedics. She has become certified in McKenzie treatment method, dry needling and specializes in temporomandibular dysfunction. She is an APTA certified clinical instructor and has been active as an adjunct professor within ODUs PT program. Her research interests include rehabilitation of individuals with neck pain, posture, and orthopedics. Dr. Dalmida decompresses by spending time with her family and listening to true crime podcasts.

Heather Hamilton

Heather Hamilton

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Heather Hamilton is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology in 2010 from The College of William and Mary, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2014 from Old Dominion University. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Kinesiology and Rehabilitation program at Old Dominion University. Dr. Hamilton's research interests include running behavior, running biomechanics, and pelvic health in female runners across the lifespan. Clinically, she specializes in pelvic health physical therapy and also has experience in the acute care setting. She currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband.

Emily Hawkins

Emily Hawkins

Director of Clinical Education

Dr. Emily Hawkins is a Clinical Assistant Professor and serves as our Director of Clinical Education (DCE). Dr. Hawkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in 2010 from East Carolina University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013 from Old Dominion University. After graduating from the program, Dr. Hawkins served as adjunct faculty for the DPT program, practiced in acute care hospitals, served as clinical instructor to DPT students from multiple programs, and completed coursework towards a PhD in Kinesiology & Rehabilitation. Her research interests include interprofessional education, psychosocial aspects of patient care, acute care, and clinical education. Dr. Hawkins lives in Chesapeake with her family, and tap dance is her favorite form of self-care.

Mira Mariano

Mira Mariano

Clinical Assistant Professor.

Dr. Mira Mariano, clinical assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, was elected President of the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy in August 2022. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1990 from the University of Pittsburgh, her Master of Science degree in Community Health with an emphasis in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 1997, and her Ph.D. in Urban Services with a concentration in Higher Education/Urban Education from Old Dominion University in 2006. Dr. Mariano received her board certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in 1999 and Recertification in 2009 and 2019. Dr. Mariano has been elected twice as a Virginia delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association. She currently serves as Student Relations Chair of the Tidewater District of APTA Virginia, Faculty advisor to the PT Club, and Faculty-Student Liaison. Dr. Mariano is serving a 4-year term on the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. She continues her PRN clinical practice in outpatient, home health, and short-term rehabilitation. Her research interests are falls risks in older adults, educational research with standardized patients, attitudes/perceptions with LGBT populations, and incontinence in female athletes and older adults. She resides in Norfolk with her husband Butch. One daughter is an alum from the ODU School of Nursing, and another daughter is pursuing mechanical/aeronautical engineering and playing for the ODU Monarchs Women's Soccer team.

Steven Morrison

Steven Morrison

Professor & Chair

Dr. Steve Morrison is an Endowed Professor and Director of Research within the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University, Virginia. He received his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997. Prior to this, he received undergraduate degrees in Physical Education and Physiology and his Masters in Physical Education from the University of Otago, New Zealand. His primary research interests concern the neurophysiological basis for movement control, particularly regarding changes in motor function in aging, disease (e.g., Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis) and neurological damage (e.g. stroke). Dr. Morrison's research has encompassed such issues as; assessing risk of falling in older adults, the effect of exercise on walking ability, posture and fine motor control in healthy older adults and clinical populations, the neural underpinnings of physiological tremor in Parkinson's disease, and the impact localized fatigue and exercise has on motor function. Dr Morrison has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Leslie Prom

Leslie Prom

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Leslie Prom serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2004 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Prom received her board certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in 2011. Her clinical experience is in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient neurology. She continues her clinical practice at ODU Monarch Physical Therapy Clinic working with patients mainly with diagnoses of SCI, CVA and TBI. Dr. Prom's research interests include clinical interventions and outcomes in neurologic rehabilitation, especially with SCI patients, as well as community-based programs for patients with neurologic diagnoses. She currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and two children.

Daniel Russell

Daniel Russell

Associate Professor

Dr. Daniel Russell is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University and serves as the Graduate Program Director for the Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation. Originally from the United Kingdom, he earned a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Sport Science from Manchester Metropolitan University before coming to the United States for graduate training focused on motor control and learning. He completed a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, followed by a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Penn State University. Before coming to Old Dominion University, Dr. Russell was a faculty member in the Kinesiology Program at Penn State University - Berks. In his research he uses neuroscience, biomechanics, and psychology to enhance understanding of how humans control movements and how this breaks down with aging, injury, or disease. He also studies how individuals can learn to move more effectively, efficiently and safely as part of their rehabilitation.

Brittany Samulski

Brittany Samulski

Assistant Professor

Dr. Brittany Samulski is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University. She received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish Language in 2008 from the University of Virginia, her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 2011 and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation from Old Dominion University in 2020. Dr. Samulski's current research interests are in two areas: motor control and falls management. Her motor control research has focused on coupled oscillators (i.e., chewing gum and walking) in adults and children, as well as on the effects of aging on motor control. She is Clinical Director of the Monarch Balance for Life Program. Dr. Samulski currently serves on the Virginia Physical Therapy Association (VPTA) research committee. Her clinical experience is in the acute care and home health settings. She is a Hampton Roads native and resides in Virginia Beach with her husband.

Eric Schussler

Eric Schussler

Assistant Professor

Dr. Eric Schussler is an Assistant Professor and Director of the IPLAI laboratory within the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University. He completed his Master of Physical Therapy degree from Gannon University in 2004. He worked as a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedic, home care and university settings prior to completing his PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Services from The Ohio State University in 2016. His primary research interests include concussion prevention and rehabilitation and lower extremity injury prevention. He is passionate about science and is determined that ODU DPT graduates will develop a scientific mindset to guide then throughout their careers. He currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia.

Nadine White

Nadine White

Administrative & Office Specialist III

Ms. Nadine White serves the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University as the Administrative & Office Specialist III. She earned her Associates Degree in Administrative Assistance from Tidewater Community College, where she also worked, acquiring expertise in the area. Ms. White supports the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, the Master's in Athletic Training and the PhD in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation. Ms. White is the point of initial contact with the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. She can answer many questions and direct you to other people who can answer things she doesn't know.

General Questions

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is the treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by use of therapeutic exercise and the application of modalities, intended to restore or facilitate normal function or development. Visit the American Physical Therapy Association (www.apta.org) for more information about Physical Therapy.

What are the prospects for employment upon graduation?

The job outlook for physical therapists is good and is projected to remain strong in the foreseeable future. Graduates of Old Dominion University's DPT program are highly sought-after by local health care employers.


What are my chances of getting in?

This depends on the quality of your application and the number of applications that are received. Over 600 individuals applied for the 40 spots in the class.

What GPA do I need?

A minimum 3.0 GPA is needed to apply, although successful applicants have a higher GPA. The average GPA for overall course work for the last class admitted was 3.6.

What score do I need on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

The minimum scores required on the GRE are 148 on both Verbal and Quantitative sections and 3.5 on the writing. However, the average GRE scores for our admitted students are on average 155 for both Verbal and Quantitative sections. We would like to see a 4 on the writing section of the test. Please contact your own university's testing center or Educational Testing Services (www.ets.org/gre) for more information about dates and fees for taking the GRE.

What is ODU's Designated Institution (DI) Code for the GRE?

The DI specifically for the DPT program at ODU is 7800.

Who should write my references?

You will need 3 references. One must be from a physical therapist. Other references can be health care professionals who have observed you in a patient care environment or college instructors or employers.

When will I know if I'm accepted?

Applications are due November 1st. We will begin notifying students of their acceptance status in early March with hopes of notifying everyone by mid, April. Some students may be given an option to be on an alternate list for notification if a seat becomes available.

When can I speak to a faculty member?

We have monthly information sessions for prospective students in room 1118 Health Sciences Bldg. (Physical Therapy Lab) from 3:30pm-5:00pm. You are welcome to attend any of these sessions to find out more about our program, tour the facilities, meet a faculty member and ask questions. We also hold a larger Saturday information session in August of each year. To see the dates and times for the information sessions or to sign up for any information session, please click here.

What do I do if I have questions regarding filling out the application?

Please call our main office at (757) 683-4519 and Administrative Assistant Nadine White, or email her at nswhite@odu.edu. If she is unable to answer your question she will forward your call or e-mail to someone who can.

Can I re-apply if I'm not accepted this year?

Yes. Re-applicants are welcome and are often stronger candidates the second year. We recommend you set-up an advising session with a faculty member for advice on how to strengthen your application. Call (757) 683-4519 to set up an appointment. You will need to reapply both through PTCAS and ODU.


What coursework needs to be completed before attending your DPT program?

You will need to complete a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in order to be eligible for our DPT program. You will also need to complete all prerequisite courses as listed below:

Course Work Semester Credit Hours Completed Within the Past
Statistics 3 10 years
General Biology 8 10 years
General Chemistry With Lab 8 10 years
Human Anatomy and Physiology 8 5 years
General Physics with Lab 8 10 years
Psyschology 3 10 years

Do I need to have completed my bachelor's degree and all prerequisite courses before I can apply?

No, but it must be possible for you to complete your bachelor's degree and all course work before the start date of the program (last week in June). Students lacking more than 12 semester hours of prerequisite courses by the end of the fall semester of the year prior to intended entry are not considered eligible to apply.

Do I need to take an introductory course of Kinesiology?

This course is recommended, but not required as a prerequisite for the DPT degree. This course is offered at most four year colleges that offer degrees in Health and Physical Education and/or Sports Medicine. Old Dominion University offers this course through the Human Movement Sciences department (EXSC 417). The course may also be titled "Biomechanics" or "Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology." Norfolk State University also offers biomechanics/kinesiology.

Should I repeat courses that I made a C in?

Whether to repeat courses depends on your overall record. In general, repeating coursework will not have a significant impact on your overall GPA. If your grades are strong overall but you had a bad semester and earned a C in a key class such as Anatomy, Physiology or Physics, then re-taking that class could be beneficial to strengthen your application. If you are unsure, contact us for advisement.

Can I take all the required courses at a community college?

There are many good reasons students graduating from a four-year institution take some courses at a community college. However, an academic record with science course work completed at a four-year institution will be perceived as being more rigorous, especially if the student's university offers the science courses but the student chose to go to a community college.

I didn't do well early in my scholastic career. Will that count against me?

Yes. If you feel that there were extenuating circumstances, it might be worthwhile for you to attach a brief letter to your application explaining your situation which resulted in low grades during part of your academic career.

I graduated a long time ago; will I have to retake any course work?

Your undergraduate degree may have been completed at any time. Anatomy and physiology course work must have been completed within the last five years, while the rest of the prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 10 years. If this affects you, we recommend that you contact the Program to set up an advising appointment to determine your specific situation.

How many hours of volunteer work in physical therapy are required?

Applicants need a total of 45 hours of work in a Physical Therapy setting. The hours can be paid or volunteer. These hours MUST be completed in TWO (2) or more different PT settings. At lease twenty (20) of them must be in one or more of the following settings; acute care (hospital), rehab (transitional or day rehab), short or long term (nursing homes or assisted living), pediatrics, wound care specialty care centers, or home health. Volunteer hours must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many applicants are having difficulty completing 45 volunteer/observation hours, especially in inpatient settings. Please understand that we intended these hours to be completed by the time the program starts next June 2021, not by the application deadline this November 1. We hope that applicants will be able to complete hours sometime next spring, but if the pandemic restrictions continue into next year, we reserve the option of waiving observation hours. For now, please submit the hours that you have completed. We all hope for the best.

Can I go to P.T. school part-time?

No. The program at Old Dominion University is designed for a full-time student to be continuously enrolled for 3 years.

Clinical Education

When do I go to clinic?

Students are introduced to clinical environments and populations early in the Program. The first year includes structured "clinics" with standardized patients at Eastern Virginia Medical School. A standardized patient is a healthy individual who is trained to portray signs and symptoms of a patient. The "clinics" are recorded, and students receive both written and verbal feedback on their clinical performance. The first full-time clinical experience occurs in the summer of the first year and is for eight weeks. This first-time experience is in an outpatient environment and to maximize the student's application and integration of learning from the first year in the classroom. During the second academic year, students evaluate and treat community volunteers with neurological disorders as well as standardized patients from Eastern Virginia Medical School. At the conclusion of the second year (the third summer of the Program), students spend twelve weeks in full-time clinical practice. The final third year spring semester affords the student fourteen more weeks of full-time clinical education prior to graduation.

Where are the clinics located?

We place students in many facilities throughout the Hampton Roads region as well as all over the Commonwealth of Virginia. We also have many clinical partners with sites in the southeastern region and a few more distant sites in Utah, Oregon, Arizona, and even Alaska and Hawaii. Students should budget and plan for at least one full-time clinical education experience to be out of the area or out of state.

Do I need a car for clinical affiliations?

The Program strongly suggests students have a vehicle for traveling to clinical sites during full-time clinical education experiences and other community-based learning opportunities.

Who decides where I go to clinics?

The Director of Clinical Education (DCE) is responsible for placing all students in full-time clinical experiences. Each spring, the DCE recruits slots from our clinical partners for students to have experiences in the following calendar year. In the summer or early fall, the DCE assigns students to the offered slots based on student goals and interests, faculty input, and clinical faculty or clinical site considerations. All ODU DPT students are required to successfully complete 3 full-time experiences with at least 1 outpatient experience and 1 inpatient experience (acute care or post-acute rehab). Students can also have learning opportunities in specialty practice areas during their intermediate or final experiences.


Are there any special features of the ODU DPT curriculum?

Special features of the DPT program at ODU include:

  • Emphasis on active learning and clinical problem solving
  • Class sizes of 40 with multiple instructors (core faculty, adjunct faculty, PhD students) for each lab
  • Use of Standardized Patients to fine-tune clinical skills and patient-therapist relationship before engaging in clinical practice
  • Integrated full-time clinical experiences to guide your professional development throughout the program
  • Lab sessions with community volunteers for students to have direct interaction with patients/clients
  • Local community service-learning activities with older adults, migrant farm workers, or other underserved members of the local area
  • International service-learning opportunity through a spring break study abroad trip (limited enrollment)
  • ODU Monarch Therapy, our on-campus outpatient clinic, provides learning opportunities through full-time clinical experiences for our students as well as volunteer/observation hours for individuals applying to DPT programs
  • Our School of Rehabilitation Sciences offers a PhD program in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation, and PhD students who are already licensed physical therapists assist in teaching PT classes

Can I take course work in one of the physical therapy specialties as part of the curriculum?

In the final fall semester, students complete a topics course to explore specialty practice areas. The course coordinator curates a diverse list of learning opportunities and assigns students to an area of interest. Previous topics have included pediatrics, vestibular rehab, sports rehab, advanced manual therapy, advanced neuro rehab, pelvic health, and PT education. Students can also have learning opportunities in specialty practice areas during their intermediate or final clinical education experiences.

P.T. License

Do I have to be licensed to practice physical therapy?

Yes. All states require that physical therapists be licensed in order to practice. Students must graduate from an accredited physical therapy school in order to be eligible to sit for the licensure examination.

Is there a licensure examination?

Yes, there is. There is a national examination used by all states and is administered on computer, much like the GREs. The passing score varies from state to state and each state may have additional requirements as determined by the individual state's practice act.

How do ODU graduates do on the licensure exam?

The mean score for ODU graduates is above the state and national averages. The first-time pass rate is generally 95 to 97%, with an overall pass rate of 100%.

DPT Program News

DPT Class of 2012 holds 10-year Class Reunion

It's been 10 years since graduating with their DPT degrees and several members of the Class of 2012 and faculty gathered June 18 to reconnect and catch up on their careers, family, and everything else in between. Jessi Carter helped to organize the group. The group was able to tour the ODU campus and see the new buildings and changes to campus. Newly retired Dr. Martha Walker and Dr. Mira Mariano showed everyone the drawings of the new Health Sciences Building and we were able to walk past the building to view its progress. The new building is located on 38th St. and Killam Ave. Here's the link for more information about the building. We met for lunch and beach time at the Ocean View Pier! Retired faculty, Dr. George Maihafer, joined in on the fun and it was great catching up with everyone!

martha-walker-fall 2017

ODU DPT Graduate Program Director Retires

After 35 years of service, Dr. Martha Walker retired from the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program effective May 31, 2021. Martha has served in many roles during her tenure at ODU, most recently as Associate Chair of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and Graduate Program Director for Physical Therapy. Of her many accomplishments, the development of the ODU Monarch Physical Therapy clinic, and the PhD in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation were two significant projects. Both are thriving and contribute to the University's mission of education, research, and service.

Dr. Walker received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma, and immediately started clinical practice at the Oklahoma Medical Center, a level one trauma center and teaching hospital. She then practiced for a year in Geneva, Switzerland at Hôpital Cantonal de Geneve, expanding her acute care knowledge and experience. Upon return to the United States, she practiced acute care and outpatient physical therapy at the Veteran's Administration hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Walker continued to develop her academic and research skills, earning a M.S. in Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Health-Related Sciences both from Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is grateful to Dr. Walker for her many years of service and wishes her all the best in her retirement.

Mira Mariano

Dr. Mira Mariano elected president of the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy in August 2022

Dr. Mira Mariano, clinical assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, was elected President of the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy in August 2022.She is currently serving a four-year term, appointed to the board by former Virginia Governor McAuliffe in 2017. She will serve as an alternate delegate to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in October 2020. Dr. Mariano has been a faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program since 1996 and her teaching emphasis includes musculoskeletal, neurological, geriatric evaluation/intervention and the use of standardized patients. She has been active in local and state leadership in her professional organizations, serves as the advisor of Physical Therapy Club, and maintains clinical practice in orthopedics/geriatrics, being recertified as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through 2029.

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Two first year class students win the APTA Falls and Balance Special Interest Group challenge

Shout out to Kendall Bayless and James Gomez from the first year class. They submitted a video to the APTA Falls and Balance Special Interest Group and won the falls prevention video challenge this year!


Congratulations DPT Class of 2020! Way to show resilience in a crisis!

Grid view of Zoom meeting for DPT Class of 2020

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