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Patrick Hauer, PT, EdD, MHS

Patrick Hauer

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

Department: Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 712-279-5559
Email: Patrick.Hauer@briarcliff.edu
Office Location: Mayfair 105


  • Ed.D., Educational Administration, University of South Dakota. 2002.
  • M.H.S., Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis. 1996
  • B.S., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 1988.
Patrick Hauer


Patrick Hauer, PT, MHS, EdD received his BS from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1988. He went on to receive a MHS in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1996 and his EdD in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota in 2002. Significant past employment includes 16 years of teaching in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Dakota and 18 years of practice as a physical therapist in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and home health settings. Over the last 10 years Dr. Hauer has maintained contemporary competence through attaining his EdD, continued practice, and attending continuing education related to course design, team-based learning, and integrated learning; clinical sciences of kinesiology, pharmacology, and differential diagnosis; cardiopulmonary physical therapy; as well as orthopedic assessment and interventions, including kinesiotaping, functional rehabilitation, and manual therapy. Dr. Hauer is also a certified American Heart Association CPR/AED BLS for the Healthcare Professional Instructor, a certified American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response Instructor, and a credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor.

Dr. Hauer is a physical therapist and educator who has focused teaching on cardiovascular and pulmonary, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, orthotics and prosthetics, gait, emergency medical response/ CPR/ AED, and certain musculoskeletal topics within the University of South Dakota’s Physical Therapy Program. Likewise, his recent research areas have focused on health and wellness, including appropriate injury management of youth athletes, cardiovascular screenings of young asymptomatic populations, and detecting balance disorders of older populations with chronic respiratory problems. Dr. Hauer will serve as the Course Director for the Rehabilitation Tests and Measures, Emergency Medical Response, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Course, Rehabilitation Teaching and Learning, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Differential Diagnosis Courses. He will also serve as a lab instructor for Human Anatomy, Human Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Rehabilitation Interventions, and Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy. Dr. Hauer will mentor students through the process of scholarly projects and will also assist with being a clinical instructor for physical therapy students as part of their integrated clinical experience series of courses. Other responsibilities include serving as the Chair of the Assessment Committee, Progress and Conduct Committee, and Curriculum Committee, all responsibilities he currently holds or has held at the University of South Dakota.

Outside of the walls of academia, Dr. has served in leadership roles on numerous committees at the state and national levels of various professional and community organizations. He currently is a Board Member/ Treasurer for a United Way sponsored non-profit organization committed to providing community integration and social opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, he has served as an item writer for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Probably his most significant contribution has been to the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association where he has served as the Treasurer for 4 years, on the Ethics Committee for 8 years, the Public Relations Committee for 2 years, the Membership Committee for 2 years, and was recently elected President-elect. Rightfully so, Dr. Hauer was inducted into the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

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