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Archana Vatwani, PT, DPT, EdD, MBA, CLWT, CDP, CLSSBB, PMP

Archana Vatwani
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale


Doctor of Education, Education and Leadership in Healthcare at Nebraska Methodist College in 2022

Master of Business Administration at Holy Family University in 2012

Doctor of Physical Therapy at Temple University in 2006

Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at St. Catherine University in 2002


Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in 2020

Certified Lymphedema and Wound Therapist in 2017

National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional in 2017

Certified Project Management Professional in 2021

Certified Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace in 2021


Dr. Vatwani teaches in the exercise physiology, cardiovascular and pulmonary, professional roles of DPT and systems management courses. She also leads the cultural competence content in various courses throughout the DPT curriculum.

Scholarly Activities and Research Interests

Dr. Vatwani’ s primary research interests are physical therapy management in acute care, cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, early mobility in ICU’s, effectiveness of ergonomics in graduate students, interprofessional education and practice, simulation-based teaching and learning, cultural competence in healthcare and academia.


Dr. Vatwani previously served as the founding chair of the diversity and inclusion faculty committee, Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at NSU (2018-2020). She was also the founding co-chair of the Florida Physical therapy Association’s acute care special interest group (2018-2019). She is currently the co-chair of the PT department cultural competence taskforce, college multicultural committee and PT admissions committee member. She participates in the American Physical Therapy Association DPT education fair and is a health fair participant at the Crockett Foundation’s Family Health and Community Festival. 

Areas of Practice 

Dr. Vatwani’s area of practice and expertise is in acute care physical therapy specifically cardiovascular and pulmonary PT.

Professional Activity

Dr. Vatwani is a member of the Alpha Eta Honor Society, content expert/faculty at Education resources Inc, reviewer for scholarly journals Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice and Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. She is an abstract reviewer for the Florida Physical Therapy Association research committee for acute care and education. Currently, she is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consortium of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.

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