Janet L. Mutschler, PT, DPT, MHS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

The focus of my teaching philosophy is to facilitate student-centered learning.  My goal is for each student to develop skills in independent, critical thinking as well as efficient and effective clinical skills.  I believe in providing a positive learning environment which encourages each student’s personal development in order to reach his or her full capacity. 


  • DPT- Post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2010) 

University of Indianapolis (IN) 


  • MHS-Master of Health Science (1998) 

University of Indianapolis (IN) 


  • BS Physical Therapy (1984) 

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (MD) 


  • BS Education- Biology (1984) 

Shippensburg University (PA)  

Educational and Clinical Experience/Expertise 

  • Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education  

Physical Therapy Department 

Alvernia University (2016- present)  


  • Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education  

Department of Physical Therapy 

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1998- 2015)  


  • Salisbury Hand and Physical Therapy Center 

Salisbury, MD   (PRN: 2004 -  2013) 


  • McCready Hospital 

Crisfield, MD  (PRN: 1998- 2001) 


  • Easter Seal Rehabilitation Centers: 

   Georgetown, DE (1994 – 1998) 

   Salisbury, MD  (1996 – 1998)    

Scholarship/Research Interests 

I have pursued clinical and research interests in the field of motor control with a special interest in sensory processing affecting functional performance. One aspect of my scholarship has focused on the investigation of evidence-based aquatic physical therapy interventions utilized for the restoration of functional mobility in adults and children with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.   


Awards/ Certifications 

Certified Trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association Credentialed Clinical Instructors Program (CCIP).  (2002- present) 

Pediatric Clinical Specialist- PCS  (2000 – 2010)                                                       Certification awarded by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties 

Peer-Reviewed Publications/Presentations 


Key-note Presentation:  


The Future in Rehabilitation 

Aquatics and Robotics: Unique Exercise Options for Individuals with Spinal Cord Dysfunction 

Sponsored by: The Rehabilitation Research Center of the University of Maryland Institute of Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.   

Baltimore, MD   April 2014 


Education Session Presentation: 


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 

APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CMS) 

San Diego, CA    Feb. 2006 


Poster Presentation and Published Abstract:  


The Effects of Aquatic Physical Therapy on Cardiovascular Fitness and Self-Concept in Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome 

The Fifth World Congress on Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia 

Portand, OR   Sept. 2001  


Contact Info

Janet L. Mutschler, PT, DPT, MHS

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Phone: 610-796-5621




Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. The program's current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email christopher.wise@alvernia.edu.

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