Graduate study preparation

Physical therapy

Cornell offers exceptional support to students interested in physical therapy and other health-related professions through Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare. More information on recommended courses for physical therapy can be found on the Dimensions website, along with descriptions of the many opportunities supported by the program.

Physical therapy resources

Sports medicine

Seventy percent of sports medicine professionals possess graduate degrees. Through sports medicine assistantships and other opportunities, Cornell students are provided opportunities to prepare for graduate programs in sports medicine.

Recent graduates

  • Eric Doernhoefer ('14) Fitness Trainer and Physical Wellness Coach, System of Strength, Columbus, Ohio

  • Laura Ettlin ('14) Physical Therapy graduate student, University of Minnesota

  • Ariel Sciammas ('14) Trainer at Palumbo Performance, Pleasanton, California

  • Michael Kelso ('13) Certified Personal Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness, Portland, Oregon

  • Emily Keyser ('13) Assistant Soccer Coach at North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, Illinois

  • Camille Marie ('13) Clinical Psychology graduate student at Vanderbilt University

  • Kirtley Hitt ('12) Lab Assistant at University of Iowa

  • Marshall Kraker ('12) Athletic Training Graduate Student at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

  • Tara McConohy ('12) Athletic Training graduate student at Montana State University, Billings, Montana

  • Chad Owen ('11) Personal Trainer at Wrightway Personal Training, Bettendorf, Iowa

  • Jenn Boaz heilman ('10) Clinical Health Educator at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

  • Theresa Hunter ('10) Ph.D. student in Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington/ Title V Program Coordinator, Indiana State Department of Health

  • Jordan McPheron ('10) Doctor of Physical Therapy, Atlantic, Iowa

  • Beth Von Nothern ('10) Physician’s Assistant at Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Iowa City

  • Kristina Stefanopoulos ('10) Fundraising Coordinator at Muscular Dystrophy Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Jeff Bitter ('09) Physical Therapy Graduate Program, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • Trevor Cipriano ('09) Assistant Director of Football Operations/ Recruiting at Northern Illinois University

  • Stephanie Gillespie ('09)Physical Therapy Assistant at Spine and Sport Physical Therapy, Saint Joseph, Missouri

  • Rachelle Hawkins ('09) Physical Therapy Graduate Program, Regis University, Denver, CO

  • Amanda Jepson ('09) Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine student at Des Moines University

  • Pierce Sweeney ('09) Chiropractic Degree (D.C.) Program, Logan University, St. Louis, MO

  • Caleb Wilson ('09) Chiropractic Degree (D.C.) Program, Logan University, St. Louis, MO

  • Jim Bose ('08) Strength and Conditioning Coach/ Personal Trainer at East Bank Club in Chicago, Illinois

  • Becky Burkhoffer ('08) Physical Therapy Graduate Program, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • Hope Coffin ('08) Physical Therapy Graduate Program, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

  • Chris Heilman ('08) Sport Management Graduate Assistant, Assistant Wrestling Coach, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

  • Patrick McAuley ('08) Chiropractor at Heuser Chiropractic, Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Michele Oilar ('08) Physical Therapy graduate student at Regis University, Denver, Colorado

  • Ben Sojka ('08) Exercise Physiology Graduate Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, IA

  • Jason Williams ('08) Nutrition and Exercise Specialist, Cenegenics Medical Institute, Beverly Hills, CA

  • Amy Carlson ('07) Physical Therapy Graduate Program, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

  • Tom Cronk (’07) Elementary Physical Education Teacher , Assistant Baseball Coach, Iowa City Public Schools, Iowa City, IA

  • Emily Decker('07) Professional research Assistant at University of Colorado, Denver

  • Aaron Haddy ('07) Training and Development Specialist at Medtronic, Dallas, Texas

  • Amanda King ('07) Chiropractic Assistant/ X-ray Tech/ Lifestyle Educator at Joseph & Hishon Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Peoria, Illinois

  • Ashley Feltes (’06) Fitness Specialist, Lady Wellness, Rockford, IL

  • Katie Morris ('06) Chiropractic Degree Program, Northwestern Health Sciences School, Minneapolis , MN

  • Tyler Lown ('06) Physical Education Teacher,  Assistant Football, Boy’s Basketball, and Track and Field Coach, Tri County Schools, Thornburg, IA

  • Heidi Bradley ('05) Manager, Victory Lady Fitness Center, Cincinnati, OH

  • Kyle Koeppen (‘05) Associate Principal/ Activities Director for Prairie Point Middle School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Beth (Linderbaum) De Vries ('05) Elementary Physical Education Teacher, Linn-Mar School District, Marion, IA

  • A.J. Varner (’05) Physical Education Instructor, Charter School, Westminster, CO

  • Nate Sincock ('05) Physical Education Teacher, Conrady Junior High School, Hickory Hills, IL

  • Jen LaBaw ('04) Personal Trainer and Fitness Manager, New Castle Family Fitness, New Castle, CO

  • Nathan Sels ('03) Doctor of Physical Therapy, Athletico, Chicago, IL

  • Drew Simonis ('03) Physical Education Teacher, Bowen High School, Chicago, IL

  • Eric Sudol ('03) Director of Luxury Suite Sales, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas, TX

  • Dan McHough ('02 )Fitness and Performance Facility Manager, Athletico, Chicago, IL

  • Emily Cline ('01) Head Women's Basketball Coach, Knox College, Galesburg, IL

  • Holly Newton Kepros (’01) Exercise Specialist, Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

  • Lenora Sundstrom ('01) Ph.D. Sport Psychology, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

  • Kyle Hageness ('99) Athletic Director and Head Boy’s Basketball Coach, Battle Mountain, CO

  • Aaron Truitt ('97) Elementary Physical Education Teacher and Assistant Wrestling Coach, Mount Vernon, IA