Director of Curriculum, Clinical Professor

Patricia R. Nelson, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Director of Curriculum, Clinical Professor


BS, Exercise Science, University of Minnesota
BS, Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota
Doctorate of Science, Physical Therapy, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapists
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Phone Number

Office: 816-423-4708


Independence Campus

Room Location

Physical Therapy Department

Director of Curriculum, Clinical Professor

Dr. Pat Nelson teaches across the DPT curriculum with an emphasis on musculoskeletal and pelvic health, student professional formation, and putting evidence into practice. Watching students grow into the professionals they desire provides motivation for her teaching.  

Inspiring students to learn how to use hands-on techniques, education, and knowledge of the human movement system to improve patients’ holistic health is at the root of what physical therapy education is all about. At Graceland, we do this in a community where all belong.