Lisa Steinkamp, PT, PhD, MBA,
Director, DPT Program


One way to reduce health care disparities is to ensure that the workforce reflects current demographics. Increasing the number of under-represented minority (URM) physical therapists (PT) starts with recruitment, admission, and retention of URM PT students. The purpose of this study was to learn how current URM PT students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were exposed to the physical therapy field; the barriers and supports that they experienced between exposure and admission; and their perspectives on ways that PT programs can facilitate recruitment and retention of URM PT students.

Under-represented Student Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators During their Journeys to Physical Therapy School 2021 PDF