DPT Program Faculty


Chair of Allied Health and Human Services

Dolores BertotiDolores Bertoti, MSPT is a 1975 graduate of Temple University with a BS, later earning an advanced Masters in Physical Therapy at the same university in 1984. She was awarded her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in May, 2013. Dolores was certified as a pediatric clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist during 1993-2003 and served as an appointed member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for this Board for three years.

Dolores has been a physical therapist for 38 years, authoring over twenty publications and making countless national and international presentations in the areas of applied neurorehabilitation, motor control, pediatric clinical practice, electrotherapy, clinical research and university teaching and learning.

Most recently, her papers on University Teaching and Learning were awarded best paper by her peers at the International Education Conference in Rome is 2012 and in Maui in 2013. Her 2004 text and workbook, Functional Neurorehabilitation through the Life Span, offers an insightful and practical approach to understanding and intervening effectively with persons with neurological impairment at any age stage. In 2012, FA Davis published Bertoti and Houglum’s Brunnstrom’s Clinical Kinesiology, the gold edition of this cornerstone text in Kinesiology. The text has been widely accepted and now is also being published in New Delhi, India by Jaypee Medical Publisher, Ltd.

Active in inquiry and scholarship, she was recognized as recipient of the APTA Jack Walker Award for Excellence in Clinical Research 1989. In 1990, the American Business Club named her National Therapist of the Year (USA). Known for her talent and engagement in the classroom, Alvernia College awarded her the Annual St. Bernardine Award for Teaching Excellence in 1995. At Alvernia University, Dolores has been Department Chair and Program Director for PTA, AT and OT Programs and she served for five years as Dean of Student Success (Academic Advancement). Presently, Dolores is a full Professor and Chair of the Allied Health and Human Services Department where she teaches in the areas of Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Electrotherapy and Healthcare Science.

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Graduation from a physical therapist program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Alvernia University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy on June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage and underwent an on-site review on July 29-31, 2014. Submission of this document and on-site review 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. All students accepted into the charter DPT class of 2018 will be accepted conditionally and graduation will be contingent upon full accreditation status as granted by CAPTE.

Contact Info

Dr. Dolores Bertoti, PT, MS, DPT
Chair of Allied Health and Human Services & Associate Professor

    Phone: 610-796-8372

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