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Joy Rhoades, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S., C.C.I., Cert. M.D.T.

Joy Rhoades
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy - Tampa
(813) 574-5312


  • B.S. in Psychology from Ball State University, Muncie, IN
  • B.S. in Dance from Ball State University, Muncie, IN
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Belmont University, Nashville, TN


  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI)
  • Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (a.k.a. The McKenzie Method) (Cert. MDT)
  • Graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s Teaching and Learning Academy
  • Graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s Blended Learning Transformation Institute


Course Lead:

  • PHTT 5420 Anatomy for Physical Therapists 1
  • PHTT 5421 Anatomy for Physical Therapists 2
  • PHTT 6715 Biomechanics and Kinesiology
  • PHTT 5611 Professional Issues

Lab Assistant:

  • PHTT 6710 Clinical Skills 1
  • PHTT 6761 Systems Management 2
  • PHTT 6810L Musculoskeletal I
  • PHTT 6820L Musculoskeletal II
  • PHTT 6821L Musculoskeletal III
  • Mentor for OCS Residency

Guest Lecturer:

  • PHTT 5611 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy

Co-Lead for Blended Learning – a faculty development course through NSU’s Center for Academic and Professional Excellence (CAPE)

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Rhoades' research interests include clinical and educational research. Specifically, she is interested in mechanical diagnosis and therapy, developing clinical reasoning in entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) students, and creating adaptive learners. Rhoades developed a series of learning seminars that she teaches to assist first-year D.P.T. students in transitioning to graduate level learning. She is an editor for the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.Rhoades presented at APTA’s national CSM Conference in 2021 with an educational session on using technology in anatomy education and a poster on D.P.T. student clinical readiness. Rhoades is currently pursuing her Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.


Professional Activity Summary

Rhoades is an active member of the FPTA and the APTA. She is a member of the Orthopedic Section and the Academy of Physical Therapy Education (Anatomy Educators SIG, Academic Faculty SIG, Scholarship of Education SIG). Rhoades is currently on a task force with the Anatomy Educators SIG to develop minimum competencies for anatomy education in D.P.T. programs. She is also a member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), the Clinical Reasoning & Curricula Assessment Consortium, and the Simulation in Physical Therapy Education Consortium.

Rhoades has mostly worked in outpatient settings with some acute care and home health experience. She hosts MDT continuing education courses Parts A and B on campus for students and clinicians. Rhoades is the chair of the Outcomes Committee for the Tampa Bay D.P.T. program. She continues to serve the community by doing pro bono work with the student run Shark Motion Clinic and supervising D.P.T. students for Fall Risk Screenings for the annual P.T. Day of Service.

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