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Roy Osborn, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

Adjunct Instructor, Doctor of Physical of Therapy* program

Department: Department of Physical Therapy


  • D.P.T., Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, N.D.). 2007.
  • M.S., Anatomy, University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, Neb.). 1991.
  • Certificate, Military History and Advance Course tactics, United States Army. 1984.
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, N.D.), 1977.
  • United States Army, Military Officer Basic Training Course. 1971.
  • B.S., Zoology, South Dakota State University (Brookings, S.D.). 1971.


Roy Osborn, PT, DPT, MS, OCS was hired as an associated faculty member to teach Human Medical Imaging. Dr. Osborn received his BS-Physical Therapy Degree from the University of North Dakota in 1977. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, Idaho. He worked in this position for one year, gaining valuable experience caring for a variety of patients with neurologic diseases/injuries, and then applied for and was accepted on active duty in the US Army in 1978. He remained on active duty for another 18 years, retiring in 1996. The majority of these years were spent caring for combat arms soldiers at different locations in the United States. During his second year on active duty in the US Army, he attended the Doug Kersey Neuromusculoskeletal course. This course focused on a combination of examination and intervention skills required of US Army Physical Therapists working with both active duty and retired soldiers and their dependents. Ordering and basic interpretation of radiographic images was a component of this course. Upon successful completion of this course he applied for and was awarded credentialing status as a musculoskeletal clinical provider in the US Army. He retained this credentialing throughout his military career. This credentialing status enabled him to request radiographic images, which included plain radiographs, bone scan, MRI and CT Scans, depending on availability.

While on active duty, Dr. Osborn completed an MS degree in Anatomy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center – working under W.K.  Metcalf, MD, PhD. His Master's thesis explored the relationship between anatomy and imaging for physical therapists: "Development and Evaluation of a Still Video Unit for Teaching Basic Radiology."

Upon completion of  his MS in Anatomy, Dr. Osborn was stationed at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. While at this facility, he was fortunate to become intimately involved in the monthly Sports Clinics conducted by Dr. Jack McBride (Orthopedic Surgeon). This clinic involved examining and establishing a plan of care for a variety of patients from within the Fitzsimons catchment area. There was a didactic component to this Sports Clinic, which involved literature review as well as imaging. These didactic sessions included meetings with Dr. Kevin Rak (Radiologist) to discuss current cases with specific emphasis on identifying pathology on radiographic images (plain radiographs, MRI, CT and Bone Scan). They correlated the radiographic images with patient symptoms and findings at surgery.

Upon retirement from the US Army, Dr. Osborn accepted a Physical Therapy staff position at a hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, seeing patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. As a component of caring for patients within this facility, he utilized imaging to assist with developing a plan of care for many of the patients he was seeing. Within one year of accepting the staff PT position, he was approached by the University of South Dakota (USD) Physical Therapy Department Chair, and ultimately accepted a faculty position with a 50% academic, 50% clinician status in 1997. His teaching responsibilities included developing and presenting all musculoskeletal content for the academic program, including some imaging content. The imaging content was gradually enhanced in the academic program and evolved into a stand-alone course. These methods resulted in a publication in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education: Osborn RW, Tentinger L. Video Clips as an Adjunct Teaching Tool in a Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Course. J Phys Ther Ed; Fall 2003:17:2:71-73. At the present time, there are two, one credit imaging courses offered both the entry level and transitional DPT students at USD. He continued to teach musculoskeletal content, focusing on the upper and lower limb, as well as imaging until his retirement from USD in 2013.

Dr. Osborn has been invited and presented imaging specific content to both the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association and the North Dakota Physical Therapy Association at their annual meetings. He also developed an educational series focused on imaging for the University of North Dakota entry level and tDPT programs. In addition, he has included imaging content in the Harry E. Settles Gross and Clinical Anatomy Workshop that he hosts at USD each summer. Dr. Osborn has also included imaging content in most of the professional presentations he has conducted over the past 20 years. In addition, he has consulted with and shared content with Dr. Gail Deyle – a Physical Therapist who teaches various imaging courses for the American Physical Therapy Assocation.

Although Dr. Osborn is currently retired from the military and from academia, he continues to be involved in teaching, professional presentations, and research.

Dr. Osborn's curriculum vitae »