Accredited PT Schools in Louisiana and Mississippi

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Directors of Clinical Education

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Thuha (Ha) Hoang, PT, Ph.D.
LSU Health
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Thuha Hoang, PT, PhD, serves as the Director of Clinical Education and is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy program at LSU Health Sciences Center -New Orleans. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and a Master of Health Science from LSU Health Sciences Center -New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. Her main areas of research are phenomenology of student success, career development in physical therapy, and program-based retention practices.

 

Clinical education is a vital component of a physical therapist program that supports the development of students, clinicians, and faculty.  Through our collaborative model, we promote a culture of excellence by connecting classroom to clinic at regional and state levels.  

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Amanda S. Bernard, PT, DPT
LSU Health
Shreveport, LA

Dr. Amanda Bernard is a physical therapist and the Director of Clinical Education at LSU Health Shreveport. Dr. Bernard earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2010 from LSU Health Shreveport and then worked in the acute care/ICU setting for 5 years. She moved into her role as DCE in 2015 and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with both students and PT colleagues.

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Kimberly Willis, PT, DPT, EdD
The University of Mississippi Medical Center - Jackson, MS

Dr. Kimberly Willis is a physical therapist, associate professor, and the Director of Clinical Education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Health Related Professions Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Willis received her Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from UMMC in 1995 & returned to earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2006. She completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education at the University of Mississippi in 2019. She moved into the role of DCE in 2018 & now coordinates the four clinical experiences of the DPT students at UMMC. She enjoys the collaborative efforts of working with facilities to educate future physical therapists.

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Jennifer Kennedy, PT
William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS

Dr. Jennifer Kennedy is a physical therapist, assistant professor, and the Director of Clinical Education at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS.  Dr. Kennedy received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA in 2004.  She received her PhD in Healthcare Administration and Education from William Carey University.  Dr. Kennedy has been DCE at WCU since 2020, and she is charge of coordinating four clinical rotations for each class of DPT students.  Dr. Kennedy is certified in dry needling, and her area of interest is prosthetics and working with patients with amputations.