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Patrick Cross, PT, DPT, RHF


Patrick Cross

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

Department: Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 712-279-1708
Email: Patrick.Cross@briarcliff.edu
Office Location: Mayfair 107


Education

  • 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
Patrick Cross

Biography

Patrick Cross, PT, DPT, RHF is a tenured, full Professor of Physical Therapy at Briar Cliff University, as well as the Founding DPT Program Director. He has been employed by Briar Cliff University as a core faculty member since August 2013. In November 2016, Dr. Cross was granted an exemption from CAPTE to remain as the DPT Program Director. 

Dr. Cross is the Course Director for DPT 500: Orientation, HSC 520: Behavioral Sciences for the Healthcare Professional, HSC 680: Rehabilitation Management, and DPT 700: DPT Culmination. He is also a Course Instructor for HSC 581: Laws and Reimbursement for the Healthcare Professional, and a Lecturer for HSC 580: Health Promotion (community grant writing), and HSC 640: Emergency Medical Responder. Furthermore, he is a research advisor for HSC 560: Scholarly Project in Rehabilitation Professional, as well as its sister course HSC 660: Scholarly Project for the Rehabilitation Professional. Additionally, Dr. Cross is a clinical instructor for the various Clinical Correlation courses, including overseeing student experiences in the Briar Cliff Pro Bono Clinic, sidelines of high school football games on a Native American reservation, and youth conditioning.

Dr. Cross graduated with Departmental Honors in Exercise Science from Truman State University prior to obtaining his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Creighton University. Significant previous employment includes being an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and the Founding Chair of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Dakota for 7 years; a physical therapist, Director of Rehabilitation, and Director of the Wellness Center for the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska for a total of 10 years; and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Creighton University for 2 years. Throughout the years, Dr. Cross has consistently been a clinical instructor for professional students in the clinic and community settings, including the sidelines of rural, underserved high school sports. He continues to do so, as well as practices in the Briar Cliff Clinic and as a prn physical therapist for a local outpatient clinic.

In 2011, Dr. Cross was the first physical therapist in the nation to complete a fellowship with the National Rural Health Association in Washington, D.C., focusing on rural health political advocacy and leadership, including lobbying for federal legislation and analyzing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its potential effects on rural and minority populations. He has also obtained certification as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, an Arthritis Foundation Arthritis Self-Help Course Leader, a Special Olympics’ FUNfitness State Director, a nationally registered EMT-B, and an American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response Instructor.

Scholarly, Dr. Cross has co-authored over 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented over 70 peer-reviewed abstracts at regional, national, and international professional conferences on a variety of topics, including: acute sports injury decision-making and medical management, screenings of adolescent and geriatric athletes, musculoskeletal imaging, service-learning, teaching pedagogy, interprofessional collaboration, culturally appropriate care, community-based physical therapy, as well rural health policy. In addition, Dr. Cross has also co-authored book chapters on “Cultural Considerations for American Indian Cultures” in Developing Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy Practice and “Developing Health Professional Students into Rural Health Care Leaders of the Future through Best Practices” in Leadership in Interprofessional Health Education and Practice. Dr. Cross has also been a member of various interprofessional grant teams, as well as has been the primary investigator for various public health and community-based grants, of which approximately 20 of the grants have been funded, totaling approximately $2.5 million.

Dr. Cross has served in leadership roles on numerous committees at the state and national levels of various professional and community organizations, including, but not limited to, the APTA's Awards Subcommittee on Advocacy, the Executive Board of the Global Health Special Interest Group, Secretary of the Board of Athletic Control for the University of South Dakota, Ethics Chair and the Federal Affairs Liaison for the SDPT, and the President of the Vermillion Soccer Association. Currently, Dr. Cross is the Northwest Iowa District Ethics Chair, a member of the Education Committee, and the Assistant Federal Affairs Liaison for the IPTA. He also serves the Siouxland Community as the Head Coach for a youth club soccer team and a recreational youth volleyball team.

Dr. Cross's curriculum vitae »

 


Scholarship

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (see also CV)

  • Shim AL, Steffen K, Hauer P, Cross P, Van Ryssegem G. The effects of balance training on stability and proprioception scores of the ankle in college students. International Journal of Kinesiology and Sports Science. 2015;3(4):16-21.
  • 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’ decision-making 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.

  • 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.

  • Cross PS, Berg PJ, Walsh M, Kelly J, Parker D, Beebe J, Jacobsen J. A cooperative school and community-based intervention to promote diabetes awareness and prevention behaviors among youths in an American Indian community. The IHS Primary Care Provider. 2009;34(10):284-291.

  • Cross PS, Voltz JD. Developing health professional students into rural health care leaders of the future through best practices. In: Royeen CB, Jensen GM, Harvan R, eds. Leadership in Interprofessional Health Education and Practice. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2009:281-295.

  • Cochran TM, Cross PS. American Indian culture. In: Black JD, Purnell LD, eds. Developing Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy Practice. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis; 2005:238-259.

Selected Grants

  • No Opioid-use Through Education: The NOPE Program. Funded to Briar Cliff Physical Therapy Program. Project team member. $2000.00. 2017-2018 funding through the Pro Bono Incubator 2017 Move Together Inc. Grant.

  • Forging Relationships for Advanced Nursing Cultural Competence in Siouxland (FRANCIS). Funded to BCU. Project team member. $528,397. 2015 – 2018 funding through HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Grant 1 D09HP28667-01-00.
  • Healthy Athletes Capacity Grant. Funded to Special Olympics South Dakota. Grant team member. $5709. 2013 funding through Special Olympics International Healthy Athletes.

  • Teaching Improvement Grant: Service Learning. Funded to Becca Jordre and the Department of Physical Therapy. Grant team member and consultant for writing of the grant. $1,875.34. 2013 funding through the University of South Dakota’s Center of Teaching and Learning.

  • Cardiovascular Screening of Native American Athletes. Funded to Patrick Hauer, Patrick Cross, and William Schweinle. Co-principle investigator. $5000.00. 2012 – 2013 funding through the University of South Dakota’s School of Health Sciences Research and Scholarship Seed Grant.

  • Living Well at Home: demonstration project intended to expand community injury prevention activities. Funded to the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Project team member and consultant for writing of the grant. $50,000.00. 2012 – 2013 funding through Aberdeen Area Indian Health Services/ Health and Human Services.

  • Healthy Athletes. Funded to Special Olympics South Dakota. Grant team member. $6054.46. 2012 funding through Special Olympics International Healthy Athletes.

  • Healthy Athletes/ FUNfitness Start-Up Grant. Funded to Special Olympics South Dakota. Grant co-writer and co-principal investigator. $4960.46. 2009 funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

  • School of Health Sciences Cultural Competence Symposium. Funded to the School of Health Sciences Cultural Competence Committee. Co-principal investigator. $1500.00. 2009 funding through the Bush Grant for Invited Speakers through the University of South Dakota.

  • Native American Public Health Act Grant. Funded to the Four Hills of Life Wellness Center. Consultant. $100,000.00. 2007 – 2008 funding through Nebraska Health and Human Services.

  • Native American Public Health Act Grant. Funded to the Four Hills of Life Wellness Center. Principal investigator. $100,000.00. 2006 – 2007 funding through Nebraska Health and Human Services.

  • Native American Public Health Act Grant. Funded to the Four Hills of Life Wellness Center. Outcome reporter. $100,000.00. 2005 – 2006 funding through Nebraska Health and Human Services.

  • Strengthening Family Partnerships. Funded to the Four Hills of Life Wellness Center. Outcome reporter. $45,000.00. 2005 funding through the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.

  • Circles of Learning: Community & Clinic and Interdisciplinary Classroom. Funded to Creighton University. Project team member. $562,000.00. 2004 – 2006 funding through the Quentin N. Burdick Rural Interdisciplinary Training Grant, HRSA Grant #1 D36 HP 03158.

  • Wise Woman Grant. Funded to Four Hills of Life Wellness Center. Co-principal investigator. $48,446.48. 2002 – 2003 funding through Nebraska’s Every Woman Matters Program.

  • Dreamcatchers and the Common Good: Allied Health Leadership in Generational Health and Ethics. Funded to Creighton University. Project team member. $486,000.00. 2001 – 2004 funding through the Allied Health Project Grant, HRSA Grant # 1 D37 HP 00824-01.

  • Continuous Connection: Consortium for Rural, Interdisciplinary Training. Funded to Creighton University. Project team member. $454,000.00. 1999 – 2002 funding through the Quentin N. Burdick Rural Interdisciplinary Training Grant, HRSA Grant # 1-D36 AH 10082-1.