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 Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences Department

Developing Industry Leaders

Through technology-enhanced practice facilities and cutting-edge research labs, Drexel’s PT programs allow students to develop advanced skills through evidence-based clinical practice, teaching and research.

Physical Therapy Department

For over 30 years, Drexel’s nationally ranked Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Programs have provided a rich, technology-infused environment for students to develop skills in evidence-based clinical practice, teaching, and research. Drexel’s faculty, through structured instruction and mentorship, strives to develop leaders who excel in health care settings, classrooms and research labs.

Drexel’s nationally and internationally recognized faculty members are among the most highly respected and productive academicians, researchers and clinicians in the country with expertise in a variety of specialty areas. Through their work, they have developed numerous local, national and international clinical teaching and research collaborations and garnered funding from a variety of different agencies. Drexel’s research laboratories and funded researchers provide students with the opportunity to pursue exciting initiatives in multiple areas. 

Many of our faculty have won numerous teaching awards and over half of the faculty members continue clinical practice. The department’s faculty practice, Drexel University Physical Therapy Services, has sites at the 11th Street Family Health Services, in the Drexel University Recreation Center on Drexel’s University City Campus and in the Parkway Building on Drexel’s Center City Campus. Students in the department’s programs get the opportunity to work with faculty in these clinical settings to help refine their patient care skills.  The faculty believe that co-treating patients with developing clinicians helps to foster strong, innovative clinical decision making skills in its graduating clinicians.

Additionally, Drexel’s clinical practice facilities are closely aligned with its research labs and other disciplines within the college so that faculty and students have the opportunity to make connections between patient care and discoveries in the lab as well as appreciate the interaction amongst the entire healthcare team.  The College of Nursing and Health Professions includes Nurses, Physician Assistants, Couple and Family Therapists, Nutritionists, and Creative Art Therapists.  A 37,000 square foot multidisciplinary clinical and research facility on the center city campus helps facilitate interaction amongst these groups and provides opportunities for each discipline to contribute to optimal patient care.


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Become a competent, compassionate and innovative physical therapist.

Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DHSc)
Take a leadership role as an educator and master clinician in Rehabilitation Sciences.

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Prepare for a leadership role as a researcher and educator in rehabilitation sciences.

Certificate in Advanced Practice in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation
If you are a PT or an OT, participate in advanced study of the hand and upper quarter rehabilitation—designed for occupational and physical therapists.

Certificate in Advanced Practice in Pediatric Rehabilitation
Participate in advanced study of pediatric rehabilitation—designed for occupational and physical therapists.

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
Participate in a comprehensive curriculum of didactic and structured mentorship to develop into evidence-based practitioners ready and able to advance the profession and patient care in the community.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Faculty

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To commemorate National Physical Therapy Month, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has been spotlighting physical therapists’ abilities to help clients #AgeWell. The month-long campaign aims to remind people of all ages that physical therapists (PT) prescribe physical activity that can help you overcome pain, gain and maintain movement and preserve your independence. Whether it is used preventatively, or after an injury or surgery, physical therapy can stave off many age-related problems to help promote aging well.

Sara Tomaszewski, PT, DPT, OCS, clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences said, “As we get older, we’re more at risk for some of the chronic degenerative problems that might run in our families, like heart disease and arthritis. But what people don’t realize is that physical activity is one of the best remedies for some of these seemingly inevitable diseases.” 

Many people believe that increased aches and pains are a normal part of getting older, and while that may be the case, it is also likely that the pain isn’t normal. “It’s not something you have to live with,” said Tomaszewski. “A PT can intervene on a lot of different levels. They can educate patients and talk to them about how to make changes in their everyday lives to help the pain get better and understand how it actually progresses. Changing physical activity can keep them active while avoiding exacerbating pain.”

But oftentimes the fear of pain can overwhelm an individual, turning a small problem into a larger one. Fearful of activity, all too often, a person in pain will stop being active altogether. “They may think that being sedentary is the better option. The appropriate prescription of exercise can not only help them feel better, stay active and prevent disease from changing their lifestyle, but it can also build strength, balance and help them get back to the activities they’ve been avoiding,” Tomaszewski said.

This advice is not just for older candidates. There are things people of all ages should be doing right now to help them stay healthy as they age. If you’re not getting the right amount of physical activity, now is the time to start! Challenge yourself beyond what you’re doing every day and do it in a way that’s forcing your body to adapt and build strength. 

Tomaszewski is glad APTA is highlighting this often overlooked benefit of physical therapy. “We’re the health care providers who deal with prevention for a lot of the issues associated with aging. We don’t always approach our physical health that way. A lot of times we’re responding after the fact – after we’ve gotten hurt, or after that little injury has turned into a big injury. Talking about some of the preventable things that PTs can do for our clients is valuable because aging is an inevitable process, and people assume they’re going to have this decline no matter what and it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Physical therapy services are offered at Parkway Health & Wellness (1601 Cherry Street, second floor) as well as the Drexel Rec Center. To make an appointment, call 215.553.7012 or email


Corey Beausoleil, MHS ‘15, a board-certified physician assistant, recently joined the staff of Vidant Neurosurgery-Greenville in Greenville, North Carolina.

Rosemary Dunn, DrNP, RN, MS ’95, DNP ‘11, the CNO at Hahnemann University Hospital, received the GEM Award in the category of “Advancing and Leading the Profession.”

Kenneth Korber, PA, MHSc, BS ’91, the chief learning officer at Health Education Group, has published a children's book series, The Musical Adventures of Grace.

Margo N. Orlin, PT, PhD, FAPTA, MPT ’86, PhD ’03, was selected by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow. Dr. Orlin is associate professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, at Drexel.

Scott Richards, PhD, PA-C, DfAAPA, MS ’94, was named the founding chair and program director for the Physician Assistant Program at Emory & Henry College. 


Running Lecture Series
“Keys to Running a Successful Fall Marathon”
September 30, 2015
6-7:30 p.m.
Parkway Health & Wellness at Drexel University
Three Parkway
1601 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
To register visit: 

The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) 34th Annual Education Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton, Penn’s Landing
Philadelphia, PA
For more information or to register visit:

Raising the Bar: Vital Signs for Your Course
October 6, 2015
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact: Linda Wilson,

Alumni Reception: Certificate in Advanced Practice in Hand & Upper Quarter Rehabilitation
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Sheraton Downtown Denver
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202
Contact: Jane Fedorczyk ,

The 5th National Forum on Women’s Issues in Gastroenterology and Hepatology
October 10-11, 2015
Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia
1800 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
To register visit:

Nursing of Children Network (NCN) 12th Annual Regional Pediatric Nursing Conference
Providing Multicultural, Ethical and Family-centered Care
October 23, 2015
Chase Center, Wilmington Delaware
To register visit:

Department of Creative Arts Therapies Reception for Dance/Movement Alumni
October 24, 2015
6:15-7:15 P.M.
Hyatt Regency La Jolla
2777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92112
call 1.888.DU.GRADS to RSVP

Transforming the Educational Landscape: Simulation, Innovation and Technology
March 14-15, 2016
Hilton Clearwater Beach
400 Mandalay Ave
Clearwater, FL 33767
To learn more, visit:

Department of Creative Arts Therapies Reception for Music Therapy Alumni
March 19, 2016
Hilton of Harrisburg
1 N. 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Held in conjunction with the American Music Therapy Association Mid-Atlantic Region Conference call 1.888.DU.GRADS to RSVP
Forensic Trends in Health Care
April 16-17, 2015
Drexel University Center City Campus
Philadelphia, PA
For more information:

Save the Date 
More details to follow

Ribbon Cutting at Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services (by invitation only)
November 11, 2015
11 a.m.-1p.m.
Philadelphia, PA

Alumni Weekend 
May 6-7, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
If you are a graduate from any class ending in 1s and 6s, 2016 represents a significant reunion year for you!  All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend events throughout the weekend. 
If you are interested in helping to plan your reunion celebration, email the Office of Alumni Relations at or call 1.888.DU.GRADS.

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