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School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences Points of Pride

Sports Administration Pride Points

Daniel Bauer (dbauer@bellarmine.edu)

  • 60% of graduates have accepted professional positions in areas such as coaching, sports administration, business and communication, and professional athlete.
  • 40% of majors have continued to graduate school (MBA, Master of Science in Sports Administration, Law School, Master of Communication, Master of Arts in Teaching, MA in Higher Education).
  • Students in Facility and Event Management (SPOR 301) promote, market and administer the annual Run for Ryann scholarship fundraising event.
  • Required internships have been served at Louisville FC Soccer Club, Louisville Bats, Great Lakes Valley Conference, Sacred Heart Schools Athletic Department, Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, USTA (United States Tennis Association), Tennessee Titans (NFL), Seattle Seahawks (NFL), St. Louis Blues, Davidson College Athletic Department and more.

Exercise Science Pride Points

Sara Mahoney (smahoney@bellarmine.edu)

  • Member of the Exercise is Medicine – On Campus program, an extension of the Exercise is Medicine global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine. Recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • Offers unique experiential-learning opportunities, including an on-campus Service-Learning Clinic that provides pro-bono exercise assessment and prescription to the local community and a 90-hour internship tailored to students’ career interest with community partners including Norton Healthcare, Kentucky Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Team (KORT) Clinics, Shawnee Medical Clinic, Pro-formance Health, the Louisville Sports Commission and many others.
  • Undergraduate students conduct research alongside highly respected and nationally recognized faculty.
  • Students present research at regional and national conferences, receive grants to fund their projects, and compete in the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Student Bowl. • Dr. Thomas Wójcicki, assistant professor, won a Walking College Fellowship (2019) from America Walks.

Master’s in Athletic Training Pride Points

Myra Stockdale (mstockdale@bellarmine.edu) and Chelsey Franz (cfranz@bellarmine.edu)

  • One of only 5 MSAT programs in Kentucky.
  • Provides immersive clinical site placements at organizations including Norton Health Care, Christian Care Clinic, Pro Rehab, the University of Louisville, St. Leo University in Florida, Louisville City FC, the Louisville Ballet, KORT Sports Performance and Rehabilitation, and Ellis and Badenhausen Sports Medicine. Other clinical site partners include many regional high school athletics programs such as JCPS, Collegiate, Trinity and Saint Xavier and Floyd Central and Silver Creek High Schools in Southern Indiana.
  • Since the students in the MSAT program began their clinical rotations in the spring of 2018, 16 students have amassed over 8,000 clinical hours with over 3,600 patient encounters.
  • The Master of Athletic Training Program’s first cohort (Class of 2019) had a 100% pass rate on the NATA BOC (National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification) examination. 
  • International study abroad with community-service opportunities working with young athletes in the Dominican Republic.
  • Active community involvement providing pre-participation physical examinations (PPEs) for local high schools.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Pride Points

Beth Ennis (eennis@bellarmine.edu) and Jordan Wiehebrink (jwiehebrink@bellarmine.edu)

  • 100% employed within one year of passing the licensure examination; most have job offers before graduation.
  • 98% three-year pass rate on NPTE (National Physical Therapy Examination). 
  • 96% graduation rate. 
  • 18 full-time core faculty, all with terminal academic and/or clinical degrees, and many with advanced clinical specializations who maintain active clinical practice. Nine faculty hold advanced ABPTS (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists) board certification in specialized areas including electro-physiologics, geriatrics, neurological, orthopaedics, and pediatrics. 
  • Three faculty are fellowship trained through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT). 
  • 40+ highly trained adjunct faculty members. 
  • Program reflects university’s mission-centric hallmark with seven pro-bono service-learning clinics that provide hands-on, supervised clinical training across the lifespan:
    • The Michael E. Hobbs Physical Therapy Service-Learning Clinic. Believed to be the first endowed Physical Therapy Service-Learning Clinic in the nation, the on-campus flagship provides pro-bono clinical services to adults at Bellarmine and in the surrounding community who have primary musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
    • Active Steps for Diabetes Clinic at Park DuValle Community Health Center. Interprofessional (physical therapy, nursing, exercise science, medical laboratory science student and faculty) clinic developed In collaboration with Park DuValle Community Health Center and Louisville Metro Public Health to serve individuals who have diabetes mellitus and co-morbidities. Empowers individuals to manage their diabetes instead of having their diabetes manage them.
    • Parkinson’s Support Group Dance Program: “Let’s Dance!” In collaboration with the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana, this exercise program provides therapeutic movement to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease through dance instruction and intervention with a focus on balance and mobility.
    • Pediatric Physical Therapy Service-Learning Clinic. Supported in part by funding from a WHAS Crusade for Children Grant, the clinic provides pro-bono services to infants and children 1 to 8 years old who have developmental delays and a variety of neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
    • Norton Cressman Physical Therapy Service-Learning Clinic. This collaborative partnership with Norton Cressman Center provides therapeutic intervention for adults with neurological movement disorders such as Huntington’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
    • Sports Rehabilitation Service-Learning Clinic. Provides Bellarmine University student-athletes with injury care, management and prevention in an inter-professional environment with physical therapists and athletic training students and faculty.
    • The Thrive Center Service-Learning Clinic. In collaboration with The Thrive Center Inc., this clinic in the heart of Nulu in downtown Louisville spotlights innovation and promotes healthy aging.
  • Students and faculty regularly collaborate on research projects and present findings at national conferences including the APTA Combined Sections Meeting and NEXT Conference. 
  • All students complete a capstone project, many with local organizations. • Provides KPTA (Kentucky Physical Therapy Association) approved professional development workshops and Continuing Education events for licensed physical therapists in the community. 
  • Maintains 400+ national contracts for clinical internship placement, including international internships (Italy). 
  • International study abroad and service-learning opportunities in Belize, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Australia. 
  • Two ABPTRFE (American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship) credentialed residency programs: Neurology & Geriatrics and a Neurological Fellowship. 
  • Several faculty serve on national professional committees in education, credentialing of ABPTRFE residencies, the APTA House of Delegates, and in several of the Academies of the American Physical Therapy Association.
  •  Hosts annual inter-professional education programing with occupational therapy students and speech language pathology students. 
  • Advanced electives offered each year include topics such as advanced neurologic practice, women’s health, advanced gross anatomy dissection, therapeutic exercise, advanced manual therapy, and aquatics). 
  • Several courses include learning activities in newly expanded, state-of-the-art simulation laboratory.