"Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results."  ~ John Dewey

Olga LM McSorley, MSPT, DPT

  • Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
  • Assistant Professor
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Degree Information

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Studies cum laude, 1992;
    Boston University – Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences,
    Boston, MA.
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, 1993;
    Boston University – Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences,
    Boston, MA.
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2005;
    Boston University – Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences,
    Boston, MA.

Courses Taught

LS465/565
Spanish for Health Care Professionals
PTH505
Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice
PTH506
Introduction to Professional Development
PTH512
Lifespan Development: Theory and Applications
PTH517
Integrated Clinical Education I
PTH525
Integrated Clinical Education II
PTH527
Integrated Clinical Education III
PTH529
Community Health and Patient Education
PTH601
Clinical Experience I
PTH602
Clinical Experience II
PTH603
Clinical Experience III
PTH605
Advanced Clinical Experience I
PTH606
Advanced Clinical Experience II
PTH607
Advanced Clinical Experience III
PTH627
Integrated Clinical Education IV
PTH710
Community Health and Wellness (online)

Primary Area of Expertise

The future of clinical education in physical therapy; Teaching and Mentoring Millennial Physical Therapists

Research Interests

Generational issues, mentoring new physical therapy professionals, clinical education, maternal health PT

Publications and Presentations

  • January 2013 – Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA (Education Session) – Nelson L, Applebaum D, Pelletier D, Palaima M, McSorley O, Wetherbee E, Kaufman R. “Academic and Clinical Collaboration to Manage Challenges in Clinical Education”
  • January 2013 – Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA (Platform Presentation) – Wetherbee E, McSorley O, Palaima M, Pelletier D, Applebaum D, Nelson L, Kaufman R. “Rethinking Clinical Education for Physical Therapy: Financial Considerations”
  • January 2013 – Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA (Platform Presentation) – Palaima M, Pelletier D, McSorley O, Wetherbee E, Nelson L, Applebaum D, Kaufman R. “Strengthening the Academic and Clinical Education Partnership: Focus Group Discussions”
  • January 2013 – Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA (Poster Presentation) – McSorley O, Harris M. “Generational Divide (or Not): Survey Comparisons of Perceptions, Priorities, Preferences and Career Plans of Three Generations of Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants upon Entering the Workforce”
  • October 2012 – Education Leadership Conference, Greenwich CT (Platform Presentation) – McSorley O, Olimpio D, Sackos D. “Economic Challenges of Providing Physical Therapy for the Uninsured: Incorporating the Role of Students in an Alternative Model of Care”
  • October 2012 – Education Leadership Conference, Greenwich CT (Platform Presentation) –
    Wetherbee E, Kaufman R, McSorley O, Pelletier D, Nelson L, Palaima M, Applebaum D “Focus Group Discussions: Meeting the Challenges of Contemporary Clinical Practice and Clinical Education”
  • December 2011 – The Shifting Health Care Professional & Educational Environments:
    Impact on Physical Therapy Education and Practice – New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education (NEC-ACCE) Clinical Faculty Institutes, Lebanon / Plymouth / Hudson, NH. Invited by clinicians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Speare Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital to conduct focus group presentations and collect data for qualitative research.
  • September 2011 – Mentoring the Millennial PT/PTA – New Hampshire APTA Evening Lecture Series, Manchester NH. Solicited by NHAPTA to present CEU lecture/workshop to local clinicians.
  • May 2011 – Managing Multiple Generations at Work: Strategies for Success – St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua NH. Invited to present preliminary research to physical therapy managers.
  • March 2011 – Guide to PT Practice: Applications to Knee Evaluations – Concord Hospital Center for Health Promotion, Concord NH. Invited by the NH APTA to present to local Insurance payors/case managers as part of the 2nd Annual NH Physical Therapy Insurance Forum (“Payor and Provider Partnership: Opening the Door of Understanding”)
  • January 2010 – New APTA Code of Ethics/Standards of Ethical Conduct – Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Berlin NH. Invited to present lecture for physical therapists/ assistants.
  • November 2009 – New APTA Code of Ethics/Standards of Ethical Conduct – New Hampshire APTA Annual Meeting, Manchester NH. Presented CEU lecture for physical therapists/assistants.

Professional Membership

American Physical Therapy Association

Institution Service or Volunteer or Academic Service:

  • Faculty Liaison, Physical Therapy Student Association
  • Member, DPT Curriculum Committee
  • Member, CGPS Institutional Review Board
  • Member, FPU Strategic Plan 2011-15 Action Team (Student Success and Retention)
  • Member, New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education (including liaison to New England Physical Therapist Assistant Consortium)
  • Member, Hesser College Physical Therapist Assistant Program Advisory Board
  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association (including Education and Research section membership)
  • Co-chairperson, New Hampshire American Physical Therapy Association Continuing Education Committee
Olga McSorley