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Department of Physical Therapy News

The physical therapy department offers a doctorate of physical therapy degree designed to prepare students for entry into the profession. Students are prepared as generalists and then have an opportunity to explore orthopedic, pediatric, and geriatric specializations through clinical exposures and student research opportunities. Our curriculum provides a comprehensive background in the art and science of physical therapy and prepares graduates for state licensure examination eligibility.

Current Physical Therapy News

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Campus News |

UNLV Law School has 14 top 100 programs in publication’s 2024 rankings, including No. 2 ranking for legal writing; Physical Therapy cracks top 50.

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Research |

UNLV professor Thessa Hilgenkamp addresses the unique anatomy in adults with Down syndrome that makes being active more challenging.

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Campus News |

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

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People |

Alumna Rosedaveia Howell is the first UNLV recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association's Minority Scholarship.

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Business and Community |

As Southern Nevada’s image as a mecca for professional sports continues to grow, so too do employment opportunities for UNLV graduates. 

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Research |

UNLV professor Jennifer Nash shares insights on why fall prevention is so important to maintaining health as we age.

Physical Therapy In The News

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People with Down syndrome experience physical difficulties that can make it more challenging to live an active lifestyle. Researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas CArdiovascular Research and Exercise Lab (CARE Lab) are attempting to assess how a lower heart rate, a feature of Down syndrome, can impact people’s ability to move and exercise.


Over the past few decades, research and greater awareness has helped adults with Down syndrome — and a well-trained support system — to be more physically active in their daily lives

Medical Xpress

Over the past few decades, research and greater awareness has helped adults with Down syndrome — and a well-trained support system — to be more physically active in their daily lives.

Las Vegas Sun

U.S. News & World Report recognized 23 UNLV programs, including 13 from the William S. Boyd School of Law, in its annual list of top graduate and professional schools.


UNLV just held a class in the school of hard knocks.


Performing certain exercises can help you manage spasticity after a stroke.

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Recent Physical Therapy Accomplishments

Dr. Jessica Immonen (Dental) and Jason Ciccotelli (Physical Therapy) worked with a team of healthcare professionals with expertise in human anatomy to publish an article on anatomy education as a community outreach opportunity. The article titled "Anatomical Outreach is Within Reach: Contemporary and Diverse Approaches" followed a panel discussion…
Keoni Kins, DPT, (Physical Therapy) and Brian K Schilling, Ph.D., (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) along with colleagues Dustin Dunnick Ph.D., CSCS (Arkansas Tech University) and Dharini M Bhammar, Ph.D., (The Ohio State University) recently published, "The Effect of Body Armor on Pulmonary Function Using Plethysmography." This was published…
Hyunhwa "Henna" Lee (Nursing) presented a paper at the 2022 International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) World Congress on Nov. 12, 2022. Her paper is titled, "Cognitive-Psychological Functioning and Saliva MicroRNA Expression after Home-based Dual-Task Exercise in Asians and Pacific Islanders with History of Mild Traumatic Brain…
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a grant for $349,773 from the Department of Defense —Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for research supporting "Enhancing Motor Function in Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation Through Peer-Based Balance and Fall Recovery Skill Training." The research conducted by Lee and colleagues…
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a grant award from the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidenced-Based Practice for his grant project, "Socioeconomic Disparities on Post-Amputation Outcomes in Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation." 
Jennifer Kawi (Nursing), as a member of the board of the state office of minority health and equity (NOMHE), was part of an AAPI listening session titled “Fatigued & Taxed: A Listening Session about the Strain and Expectations Facing Asian American and Pacific Islander Healthcare Professionals.” The session, which took place…