Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2019 begins clinical studies

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Fifty-two University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences students, members of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Class of 2019, start the clinical studies portion of their journey to become doctors of physical therapy on August 14, 2017.

The students, 27 women and 25 men, range in age from 20 to 26 years, with the average age of 22.67. Many are from North Dakota, and most completed their pre-PT coursework at UND.

The first three years of the PT curriculum at the UND SMHS are considered to be pre-physical therapy (undergraduate, pre-professional work). The professional component of the DPT requires three academic years and two summer sessions following completion of the 90-credit pre-physical therapy entrance requirement. After completing their first year of the professional component of the physical therapy curriculum, students have to pass an intense, comprehensive examination before they begin their clinical studies, which typically occur outside the Greater Grand Forks area.

Clinical experiences are a crucial component of the UND physical therapy curriculum and take place at more than 300 clinical sites across the nation. These experiences meld academic learning with hands-on clinical experience. Students participate in direct delivery of physical therapy services in a variety of settings under the direction and supervision of one or more clinical instructors. A physical therapist is on-site during the delivery of any service by a student physical therapist.

Earlier this summer, students received their white coats at an Entrance Into Professional Service Ceremony in Grand Forks.

The event’s keynote speaker was Dr. Laurie Betting, PT, DPT, senior advisor to UND President Mark Kennedy. Dr. Betting is a UND PT alumnus with more than 15 years of increasing responsibility and service at UND, including national recognition for award-winning facilities, programs, and services. She has been given the UND Presidential Medal of Honor, the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award, and APTA Emerging Leader Award.

According to David Relling, PT, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, the ceremony emphasized to the students the professionalism required in the clinic and within the physical therapy profession.

“Students are making the transition from being a student to being a health care professional. With that transition comes a great deal of responsibility and accountability to themselves and to their patients,” noted Relling. “For many students, this will be the first life experience they will have had that requires such a high level of professionalism and responsibility. We have trained them well, they have worked hard, and we anticipate they will do a great job working within a comprehensive, interprofessional health care team.”

UND SMHS DPT Class of 2019 Names and Hometowns

Erin Elizabeth Arndt, Bemidji, Minn.

Kelsey Elizabeth Bell, Victoria, Minn.

Tracie Rae Boehmlehner, Wheaton, Minn.

Haley Nicole Brenner, Fargo, N.D.

Hannah Mae Bucholz, Fargo, N.D.

Connor James Camrud, Fargo, N.D.

Ryan Marie Cook, Rock Springs, Wyo.

Taylor Wayne Doeden, Moorhead, Minn.

Brandon Michael Dee Forister, Sheridan, Wyo.

Samantha Nicole Forsch, Dickinson, N.D.

Danielle S. Gamel, Boise, Idaho

Daniel Thomas Garcia, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Jayla Kay Greene, Devils Lake, N.D.

Brianne Marie Halbur, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Micah Perdue Hale, Grand Forks, N.D.

Justin Roger Hett, Farmington, Minn.

Renee Elizabeth Hoffman, Waconia, Minn.

Sterling Price Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.

Zachary Michael Huot, Grand Forks, N.D.

Leah Jensen, East Grand Forks, Minn.

Ashley Kaylyn Jobe, Thief River Falls, Minn.

Mitchell Robert Karbo, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Alison Lynn (Allmer) Kopp, Jamestown, N.D.

Jeremy Jacob Korthuis, Bellingham, Wash.

Jake Isaac Leverington, Roseau, Minn.

Thomas Scott Linner, Homer, Alaska

Adam Michael Lutz, New Ulm, Minn.

Rebecca Kate Lynch, Edina, Minn.

Kalie Ann Maiden, Rapid City, S.D.

Marit Mikkelsen, Devils Lake, N.D.

Jay Orrie Mittlieder, Minot, N.D.

Casey John Murphy, Bismarck, N.D.

Andrew Mikel Nelson, Little Falls, Minn.

Kristyn Faith Nelson, Bagley, Minn.

Jeremy Michael John O'Keefe, Grand Forks, N.D.

Shane Palmer Omdahl, Roseau, Minn.

Raevyn Renee Pesek, Lawton, N.D.

Anthony David Peterson, Frederic, Wis.

Zachary Arden Peterson, Grafton, N.D.

Analise Lauren Richtsmeier, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Travis Rinkenberger, Morris, Minn.

Trevor Lee Roppel, Munich, N.D.

Alyssa Michelle Sandry, Grand Forks, N.D.

Mekenzie Sue Scheresky, Max, N.D.

Paige Lois Slemmons, Davenport, N.D.

Tyler David Snellings, Williston, N.D.

Mercedes Jade Howatt Stein, Langdon, N.D.

Kody James Strum, Twin Valley, Minn.

Alyssa Wagner, Sauk Rapids, Minn.

Brecca Wahlund, Minot, N.D.

Ashlee Sue Wiebe, Fargo, N.D.

Riley Alexander Wilson, Wheaton, Minn.


Brian James Schill

Assistant Director, Office of Alumni & Community Relations

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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