Jun 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Department of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Department Chair and Program Director: Jodi Liphart

Director of Clinical Education: Jeff Emde

Faculty: Laura Podschun, Elizabeth Clark, Bill Young, Laura Lopez, Mohtashem Samsam, Alessandra Swarowsky



Licensure and Accreditation

For information regarding AdventHealth University (“AHU”) regional and church accreditation, see Accreditation section of this Catalog.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at AdventHealth University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA  22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call: 407-303-9904 or email: dptinfo@ahu.edu.

Mission Statement

Consistent with the values of AdventHealth University, the program prepares Doctors of Physical Therapy who promote holistic, person-centered care and wellness through evidence-based practice, leadership, life-long learning, scholarship, and service to local and global communities.

Vision Statement

As valued experts in movement and rehabilitation science, graduates will be the primary professional for movement optimization, health promotion, and prevention.

Curriculum Philosophy

The AHU DPT Faculty believe that:

  • Students are responsible, reflective, active learners.

  • Students require a foundation in basic and clinical sciences and skills that are applied across the lifespan, diagnoses, and systems, moving from simple to complex.

  • Faculty are role models and mentors.

  • Faculty facilitate transformational learning through critical thinking and self-reflection.

  • Values-based experiential learning, woven throughout the program, instills professionalism and fosters the vision of the institution.

  • Inter-professional learning develops competent and compassionate practitioners for team based environments.

Clinical Placements