Janet L. Mutschler, PT, DPT, MHS, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education earned her Post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (2010) and Post-professional Master of Health Sciences degree (1998) at the University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy (1994) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology- Secondary Education (1984) at Shippensburg University. From 1998-2015, Dr. Mutschler served as Assistant Professor/ Lecturer and Director of Clinical Education for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Department of Physical Therapy.
Dr. Mutschler has been a Trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructors Program (CCIP) since 2002 and has had the pleasure of instructing over 500 Clinical Instructors during the past 14 years. She is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor (1996- present) and an APTA Certified Advanced Clinical Instructor (2007 – present). Dr. Mutschler was recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Clinical Specialties as a Pediatric Certified Specialist (PCS) from 2000 - 2010. She completed the Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency certificate program in 2014 sponsored by the APTA Aquatic Physical Therapy Section.
Dr. Mutschler has pursued clinical and research interests in the field of Aquatic Physical Therapy where she has focused on the restoration of functional mobility in adults and children with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. In April, 2014, Dr. Mutschler was an invited keynote speaker for the grant-funded program, “Aquatics and Robotics: Unique Exercise Options for Individuals with Spinal Cord Dysfunction” co-sponsored by the Rehabilitation Research Center of the University of Maryland Institute of Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics and the Department of Veteran Affairs. In 2006, Dr. Mutschler presented an education session for the APTA Aquatic Physical Therapy Section during the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CMS) in San Diego, California entitled: “The Integration of Evidence-based Practice, Clinical Reasoning, and Therapeutic Exercise Principles in an Aquatic Physical Therapy Educational Module for Entry-level Physical Therapy Students”. In 2001, Dr. Mutschler presented the results of a research study, “The Effects of Aquatic Physical Therapy on Cardiovascular Fitness and Self-Concept in Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome”, during The Fifth World Congress on Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, an international research conference held in Portland, Oregon.
In addition to coordinating the Clinical Education experiences for Alvernia University’s DPT Program, Dr. Mutschler’s teaching responsibilities include courses in physical therapy examination and evaluation, communication and education, foundations of the physical therapy profession, patient care procedures, and documentation/ reimbursement. Dr. Mutschler is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the next generation of Doctors of Physical Therapy here at Alvernia University!
Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.