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Patrick Cross

Program Director, planned Doctor of Physical Therapy program*

Physical Therapy Department

Heelan 253

Started at Briar Cliff:



Dr. Cross graduated with Departmental Honors in Exercise Science from at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO prior to obtaining his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. In 2011, Dr. Cross was the first physical therapist in the nation to complete a fellowship with the National Rural Health Association, focusing on rural health political advocacy and leadership. He has also obtained various certifications with various national entities, including becoming an United States Youth Soccer Association Licensed Coach in 1995, an American Physical Therapy Association Credentialed Clinical Instructor in 2002, an Arthritis Foundation Arthritis Self-Help Course Leader in 2005, a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician – Basic in 2009, and an American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response Instructor in 2010.


Patrick Cross, PT, DPT, RHF is currently the Founding Program Director and Professor of Physical Therapy of a developing Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. Significant previous employment has included being an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and the Chair of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Dakota for 7 years, a physical therapist and the Director of Rehabilitation for the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska for over 10 years, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Creighton University for 2 years.


  • Shim A, Cross P, Norman S, Hauer P. Assessing various body composition measurements as an appropriate tool for estimating body fat in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I female collegiate athletes. American Journal of Sport Science and Medicine. 2014;2(1):1-5. Ladwig E, Shim AL, Yom JP, Cross P, Beebe J. Preseason and postseason body composition does not change relative to playing time in Division I female basketball players. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2013;6(3):208-216.
  • Karges JR, Cross PS, Hauer PL, Blom H, Burcham J, Myers AK, Grimsrud C. Effectiveness of the Emergency Response Course in improving physical therapists’ and student physical therapists’ decisionmaking related to acute sports injuries and medical conditions. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2013;8(3):277-289. Beebe JA, Cross PS. Patellar tendinopathy: preliminary surgical results. Sports Health. 2013;5(3):220-224.
  • Cross PS, Beebe JA, Ernest BN, Arthur-Sinar S. Access to outpatient physical therapy services for community-dwelling older adults in rural Western Nebraska. Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration, and Leadership. 2013;13(2):1-9.
  • Cross PS, Karges JR, Horkey MA, Kolb GA, Alexander KL, Knippling AL, Jacobsen JA. Management of acute sports injuries and medical conditions by South Dakota high school head coaches: assessment via case scenarios. South Dakota Medicine. 2012;65(3):97-99, 101-105, 107. Cross PS, Karges JR, Salsbery MA, Smith D, Stanley EJ. Management of acute sports injuries and medical conditions by physical therapists: assessment via case scenarios. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2011;6(3):158-172.
  • Bennett-Barnes E, Cross P. Alleviating health disparities: how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect health disparities in minority, racial, and rural populations. Washington, DC: National Rural Health Association’s Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress for publication; 2011.
  • Cross PS, Karges JR, Adamson AJ, Arnold MR, Meier CM, Hood JE. Assessing the need for knowledge on injury management among high school athletic coaches in South Dakota. South Dakota Medicine. 2010;63(7):241-245.

*Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Briar Cliff University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.