Faculty Who Care
Dr. Nicole Patterson, PT
Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant
I earned my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University in 2002. As part of my internship experiences there, I spent time in the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Pittsburgh, working with children through the Intermediate Unit, and working with orthopedic patients in an outpatient clinic. Upon graduation, I was employed by several outpatient clinics focusing on aquatic therapy, women's health and lymphedema treatment. I continue to work on an as needed basis at an outpatient clinic in Carlisle. I began teaching here at Central Penn in 2006. I served as the ACCE, or internship coordinator for five years before transitioning into a purely teaching role. I became the Director of the PTA Program in 2014, and thoroughly enjoy working with out students to help them become successful PTA's.
I was born and raised in a small town in Maryland and moved to Pennsylvania for good in 2005. I live with my husband and two sons in Carlisle, who keep me very busy--which is good because I don't sit still well. I also enjoy fitness (I have a love/hate relationship with Shaun T), and running (I recently completed my first half marathon). I love vacationing at the beach and crab feasts--I am a Maryland girl! I also love spending time with my family and friends, and do so as often as I can.
I truly believe that you learn by doing. For as much time as I spend lecturing on a subject, I try to spend at least that much time in lab performing "hands-on" practice. I am passionate about physical therapy and strive to always bring that passion into the classroom. I also try to relate the course material to the "real-world" as much as possible by including patient scenarios or clinical examples in every lesson.