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Patrick Cross

Program Director, Professor, planned Doctor of Physical Therapy program*

Department: Physical Therapy Department
Phone: 712-279-1708
Office Location: Heelan 253


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Physical Therapy, Creighton University
  • Bachelor’s of Science (BS), Exercise Science, Truman State University
  • Rural Health Fellow (RHF), Rural Health Leadership and Political Advocacy, National Rural Health Association
  • Emergency Medical Services Technician Basic (EMT-B), EMT Certification Program, Western Iowa Tech Community College


Dr. Cross was hired by Briar Cliff University as the Founding Program Director for the developing Doctor of Physical Therapy Program* in 2013. Dr. Cross came to Briar Cliff after working seven years at the University of South Dakota, where he was the Director of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. Prior to and during his time at the University of South Dakota, Dr. Cross served the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska for over 10 years, including as their Director of Rehabilitation. In 2011, Dr. Cross became the first physical therapist in the nation to complete the Rural Health Fellow Program with the National Rural Health Association, focusing on rural health leadership and political advocacy in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cross has co-authored over 10 peer-reviewed articles, been a team member on approximately 20 funded grants, and has presented over 70 peer-reviewed abstracts at regional, national, and international professional conferences.

One of Dr. Cross’ favorite pastimes is coaching soccer, which he has done for a wide array of ages and competitive levels as a licensed coach of over 20 years.

Current Professional Memberships

American Physical Therapy Association

  • Awards Committee – Subcommittee on Advocacy Member: 2013 – present
  • Indian Health Service Task Force Member: 2010
  • Reviewer for various subcommittees of the Annual Conference Program Committee: 2005 – 2007
  • Health Policy and Administration Section Member
    • Global Health Special Interest Group (formally Cross Cultural and International Special Interest Group) Member
      • Programming Chair/ Executive Board Member: 2014 – present
      • Nominating Committee: Member: 2010 and 2012, Co-Chair: 2011, Chair: 2013 – 2014
  • Sports Physical Therapy Section Member
    • Emergency Response Special Interest Group Member
      • Emergency Medical Response Instructor. 2010 – present.
    • Youth Athlete Special Interest Group Member
  • Education Section Member

Iowa Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association

  • Legislative Committee/Key Contact: 2013 – present

South Dakota Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (Corresponding Member)

  • Federal Affairs Liaison: 2010 – 2013
  • Ethics Committee: Member: 2007 – 2008, Chair: 2008 – 2013
  • Advisor for the Student Special Interest Group: 2007 – 2010

Nebraska Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (Corresponding Member)

  • Advisor for the Student Special Interest Group: 2002 – 2004

National Rural Health Association

  • Rural Health Fellow: 2010 – 2011

*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 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.

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