Allen College Physical Therapy Program

Allen College Physical Therapy Program

The Allen College DPT program offers a unique blend of online and onsite learning developing entry-level physical therapists.

This page is for all students, faculty, alumni, colleagues, and fans of the Allen College Physical Therapy Program.

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Drop in to learn about the Allen College DPT Hybrid/Blended Program at the APTA Doctor of Physical Therapy Virtual Fair Wednesday April 24, from 9:00-7:00 PM CST.

Learn about the hybrid nature of the program, small class sizes, and amazing anatomy lab and facilities!

Click on the link to register:

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🗓️✍️Mark your calendars! Thursday, April 25 from 2-5 p.m.

Meet and talk to some DPT faculty and current students, and tour the plastinated human donor lab! Contact [email protected] with questions. Use the QR code or link in our bio to register.


Check out the human donor anatomy lab at Allen College!

Anatomy education is a big part of the curriculum, and the College has invested in the anatomy lab – the lab consists of real human donors who have been meticulously dissected and covered in silicone for preservation. Students are not required to spend time dissecting or being exposed to formaldehyde yet have the vivid visual experience of identifying structures in the body that a textbook or plastic model cannot provide!

The human donor lab was made possible in part by the R.J. McElroy Trust, the Van G Miller Foundation and numerous generous donations made toward Allen College rehabilitation sciences projects.

DPT Lab Immersions Video 20/03/2024

Listen to what students have to say about the lab immersion experiences in the Allen College Blended/Hybrid DPT Program!

Students come onto campus roughly two times per semester (when not on clinical rotations) to immerse themselves in hands on skills. Students learning in small group class sizes and are able to spend time with each other and faculty in a dedicated state of the art space!

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DPT Lab Immersions Video

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 28/02/2024

The first lab immersions are underway for the spring semester!👏 First-year cohort is in the new plastinated cadaver lab on campus with Dr. Ortiz and 2nd year students are practicing their medical screening skills.

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Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 20/02/2024

A couple photos from the recent Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). DPT students and faculty sharing their knowledge and expanding their networks!

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February is Heart Month❤️ Here are some interesting facts about Cardiac Rehab.

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 02/02/2024

DPT student, Tanner Heeren, was recognized in this month's Allen College CELL (Center for Engagement, Learning & Leadership) Service Spotlight. Swipe to read more about his story and why volunteering is important to him!

Congratulations, Tanner! 👏

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Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 30/01/2024

Want to learn more about Allen College’s hybrid DPT program? Join the program's faculty for a webinar on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. CST.

Click the link below to sign up:

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Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 23/01/2024

Meet Dawn Osborne, PT, DPT, DHSc

Dr. Osborne joined Allen College in August 2023. A native to the Midwest, she was born & raised in central, rural Kansas. She has dual degree from Kansas State University in Human Nutrition and Kinesiology. She earned her DPT from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, TX. She earned her Doctor of Health Science from University of Indianapolis. Her PT passions are cardiovascular disease and health, particularly for women, preventive health, and rural healthcare. She is a member of the APTA and serves on the website committee for the Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy.
She lives in north central Arkansas with her husband and 3 children ranging from 12 to 3 years old. She enjoys DIY projects, homesteading projects, and playing the piano. She is learning to be brave and more confident in the water to join her “watersports family".

We're happy to have you at Allen College - UnityPoint Health, Dr. Osborne!

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 17/01/2024

The Inaugural DPT class at Allen College enjoyed a great 2023 Graduate of Health Sciences Graduation with former DPT faculty member, Dr. Venita Lovelace Chandler PT, PHD, FAPTA, delivering the commencement speech, and DPT Program graduate speaking to his fellow graduates as the invited student speaker.

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Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 08/01/2024

We're excited to announce that Dr. Alexis Ortiz, PT, PhD, SCS, CSCS, FACM has joined the Allen College DPT Faculty in December of 2023 and will be teaching Anatomy in our new state of the art plastinated cadaver lab this spring.

Dr. Ortiz was born and raised in Puerto Rico and graduated with his Bachelor's in Physical Therapy in 2000 from the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus. Later he continued his graduate studies with his MS in orthopedic physical therapy in 2003 and his PhD in 2006, both at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas. He is board-certified in sports physical therapy, a certified strength & conditioning specialist, fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

He lives in Boerne, Texas, with his wife and family. He has 23-year-old twin boys, one of which is in veterinary school at the University of Arizona while the other is planning to begin his masters in imaging studies. His daughter is in 8th grade and is a Texas ranked compound archer. As animal lovers they have 4 dogs; 1 boston terrier and 3 great danes, 1 cat (the other one was taken by an owl), a turtle, and several koi fish who live in a lovely pond in the back yard. They enjoy the outdoors and traveling. Finally, Dr. Ortiz is a fitness enthusiast and exercise freak. So, he will try to convince everyone to stay active and exercise daily.

Welcome to , Dr. Ortiz!

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 20/12/2023

🎉🎉 Congratulations to the first class of Allen College Doctorate of Physical Therapy Graduates 🎓


The second cohort of DPT students had their pinning ceremony to celebrate completion of their second year and readiness for clinical education experiences.

DPT Graduates Video - December 2023 12/12/2023

As this semester comes to an end, we are preparing for the First Graduating Class of DPT students. Watch the video linked below to hear what they have to say about Allen College DPT!

DPT Graduates Video - December 2023

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 18/06/2023

Allen College Presents: The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
featuring the 2023 grad 1s, 2s, and 3s, and all current Faculty.

All students and faculty were present on campus last week to host the CAPTE site visitors as a final step in the accreditation process.

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 26/04/2023

Excited to announce that all 3 cohorts of DPT students are on campus together for the first time!!

DPT students are powering through their final lab immersions. Swipe ➡️ to see DPT faculty who joined the students today for a pizza lunch!

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 21/04/2023

Allen College Faculty attended the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego this year. Drs. Liu, Stoddard, and Arguello presented research posters at the conference.
Dr. Lovelace Chandler met with Bette Horstman who is the oldest active member of the APTA at 101 years young!

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 05/04/2023

DPT Grad 2s Tanner and Havyn worked with Dr. Howe Liu to present a research poster at the Iowa Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting.
They stood strong & represented Allen College as the president of the Iowa PT association quizzed them about their project.
Way to go Tanner & Havyn!

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 10/03/2023

Spring Lab Immersion 2023 part 1 came and went!
New Grad 1s and Grad 2s spent the last 10 days together learning psychomotor skills related to their classes this semester. The DPT students also had a social event and participated in service throughout the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area.


We are pleased to have a new class of DPT students at Allen College. Students had orientation today for the hybrid DPT program where they met with faculty and had the privilege of meeting Susan Appling, Vice President of the American Physical Therapy Association. We are so grateful to Dr. Appling for taking time to meet our students and welcome them to the profession.
Congratulations to everyone for officially becoming student physical therapists. Welcome to .

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 13/12/2022

DPT Grad 2s wrapped up year 2 with MSK lab, NMPT lab, & Peds lab. Students will start full time clinical rotations in January to apply all their knowledge in helping people heal.

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 08/12/2022

Allen College DPT faculty, Dr. Lovelace-Chandler, and adjunct faculty, Dr. McGee, presented a the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists conference this past November.
Their presentation Titled “Review of Systems During the Annual Physical Therapy Visit” was shared with a room full of pediatric physical therapist from around the country.

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 06/12/2022

This past weekend the Grad 2s celebrated the end of second year with a pinning ceremony. The students were recognized by faculty for their achievements thus far in the program as they prepare to start full time clinical education rotations for the next year. These future DPTs celebrated with family and friends in Waterloo while receiving their DPT pins to welcome them to the profession.

Photos from Allen College Student Occupational Therapy Association's post 21/11/2022

Inter professional learning with DPT and MOT students in pediatric courses this semester

Waterloo Team Member Forum 11/14/22 21/11/2022

Allen DPT featured in new team member video with Unity Point Health CEO, Pam Delagardelle, and Allen College President, Jared Seliger.

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Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 08/11/2022

Some of the DPT grad 2s took the opportunity to spend the morning with one of our OT faculty, Dr Funk, who set up Collaboration for Adaptive Aquatic Therapy and Safety.
Students were able to work with SLP students from UNI while participating in water play for kids from a local elementary school. This opportunity was organized as part of their pediatric PT course this semester.

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 04/08/2022

🎉Congratulations 🎉 to Dr. Wiedman for completing his PhD this summer!!!

DPT students surprised Dr. Wiedman with a cake and signed congratulatory card to celebrate his amazing achievement.

Now introducing Chris Wiedman PT, DPT, PhD

Photos from Allen College Physical Therapy Program's post 31/07/2022

DPT Grad 1s spent the last week in Patient Care Skills 2 lab learning about physical agents and introductory soft tissue techniques.

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DPT Plastinated Anatomy Lab