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Department of Physical Therapy

What We Do:

We provide a comprehensive academic program to prepare students to work as physical therapists. The program is rich with opportunities to train alongside professionals in diverse environments.

How We Stand Out:

  • Diverse and dedicated faculty members, including four faculty who are certified clinical specialists by American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
  • Emphasis on service and compassion, in accordance with Jesuit Education values
  • Substantial hands-on training through internships, field trips, volunteering
  • Domestic and International Service Trips (VS “field trips”)
  • Excellent feedback from employers who hire graduates
  • Collaborative campus community
  • 100% of our students are members of the American Physical Therapy Association


Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) - An entry-level program (first professional degree) for persons who wish to become physical therapists. The DPT is a 3 calendar year graduate program that begins in June, and includes summer study each year

Physical therapists, with a comprehensive understanding of how the human body works, treat patients to improve or restore movement

Meet Our Faculty:

Scranton Physical Therapy faculty members represent a broad range of disciplines, giving students the opportunity to learn from experts in specialties like geriatrics, sports medicine, anatomy, cardio pulmonary PT, women’s health, fall prevention, pediatrics and kinesiology/human movement.

Caring and compassionate, helpful and supportive, faculty members serve as mentors for their career-minded students.

These exceptional teachers are active in professional associations and in ongoing study and research in their areas of interest. Most faculty members are simultaneously practicing physical therapists.

Scranton physical therapy faculty members are some of the best teachers you will find in the industry and are frequently acknowledged for their excellence by outside organizations.

Peter Leininger, PT, PhD, OCS


Chairperson, Department of Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor

B.A., University of Michigan
M.S., Boston University
Ph.D., Temple University

Phone: 570-941-6662
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Tracey Collins, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS


Assistant Professor

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.B.A., UNC-Wilmington
Ph.D., Walden University

Phone: 570-941-4832
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Renee M. Hakim, PT, PhD, NCS


Director, Department of Physical Therapy


B.S., The University of Scranton
M.S., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Temple University

Phone: 570-941-7935
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Barbara Reddien Wagner, PT, DPT, MHA


Director of Clinical Education, Department of Physical Therapy

Faculty Specialist

B.S., University at Buffalo
M.H.A., The University of Scranton
D.P.T., Temple University

Phone: 570-941-7936
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John Sanko, EdD, PT


Associate Professor

B.S., M.S., East Stroudsburg
Ed.D., Columbia University

Phone: 570-941-7934
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Dana Maida, PT, DPT, GCS


Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Faculty Specialist

B.S., The University of Scranton
DPT, The University of Scranton

Phone: (570) 941-6710
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Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, NCS


Assistant Coordinator of Assessment and Accreditation, Department of Physical Therapy

Faculty Specialist

B.S., The University of Scranton
DPT, The University of Scranton

Phone: (570) 941-4315
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Inside the Classroom:

  • High-level interaction between teachers and students, and among students
  • Challenging subject matter in which students learn to see things in three dimensions
  • New $47.5 million, state-of-the-art facility, Leahy Hall, opened fall 2015
  • For more information and pictures of Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, click here

Career Outcomes:

You’ll find Scranton physical therapy graduates working in diverse settings such as:

  • Sports rehabilitation clinics
  • Private PT practice
  • Community health programs
  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes or assisted living facilities
  • Athletics teams
  • Research facilities and more

Angela Stolfi, Class of 1996, 1997, and 2006, is the director of physical therapy at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation, which has been nationally ranked as a Top 10 rehabilitation program by U.S. News & World Report for 24 years. She manages a staff of more than 150 employees at four main sites and two satellite locations in Manhattan. Between the campus based and online programs, 15 of the physical therapists at Rusk are Scranton graduates. Read about Angela’s transformational educational journey at Scranton and her current work here.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The University of Scranton is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: