Program update from the chair

June 8, 2010

We’ve had our first snow of the season and the first wind chills in the single digits; it must be winter in Illinois. To those of you who are now living and working in a more moderate climate, you probably don’t miss the ice, snow, salt, and bone-chilling cold. For those of us still in the great Midwest, it’s a small price to pay to witness the splendor of the changing of the seasons.

As evidenced before the Fall 2009 semester wound down, the faculty continued to challenge the students in the classroom. Once again, their collective efforts have paid great dividends. I am happy to report that all of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Class of 2009 alumni, who took the licensure exam this fall, successfully passed the exam. These most recent alumni are practicing in a variety of settings in various locations across the country.

Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Department of Nursing students teach each other during the collaborative assignment led by Dr. Steve Tippett and Dr. Dawn Hall.

In the classroom, Dr. Dawn Hall and I incorporated a collaborative teaching assignment with the Department of Nursing again this year into PT 720: Teaching and Learning Theory in Physical Therapy. This assignment allowed our second-year DPT students to teach second-year nursing students about transfers, body mechanics, gait, and positioning. The senior nursing students, in turn, instructed our third-year DPT students about chest tubes, feeding tubes, and central lines. Dawn and I met a new mannequin friend in the process!

Dr. Cheryl Sparks BSPT ’98 and Dr. Hall took a mission trip to the Dominican Republic during fall break. Dorothy Fernandez ’10 and Abigail Walk DPT ’10 accompanied them. This remarkable experience provided an opportunity for Dorothy and Abigail to evaluate and treat a wide range of problems and to even assist in surgery. You can learn more about their experience at

Dr. Steve Tippett and Dr. Dawn Hall have fun during their collaborative teaching assignment with the Department of Nursing.

The Admissions Committee, chaired by Dr. A.J. Strubhar along with the help of Carol Wessler, has been busy preparing to admit the DPT Class of 2013. Admission Committee members (Dr. Rob Bertram, Dr. Dawn Hall, Dr. Kurt Neelly, Professor Joseph Kelly, and Dr. Steve Tippett) reviewed applications from students across the country. After countless hours of reviewing files and attending numerous meetings, the committee made its recommendations. Prospective students are being notified of their selection.

Bradley University will once again be well represented at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections meeting, which will be held in San Diego in February. Professor Bill McGehee was invited to present. Student research groups mentored by Dr. Stacie Bertram and Dr. Hall will display their poster presentations as well. Look for more specifics in the next Connective Issue.

All of us in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science wish you and your families a happy 2010!

Steve Tippett, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC