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Sue Bravard

Sue Bravard

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Chair of the School of Allied Health

Courses Taught Regularly

  • All PTA Courses
  • PSY 240 Gerontology and Aging

Year Started at Mercy College 2007


  • M.S., Iowa State University (1999) 
  • P.T., Washington University (1988) 
  • B.S., Iowa State University (1987)


  • Physical therapist, State of Iowa
  • Physical therapist, State of Missouri


  • American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist Certification

Advice to Students

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." - Thoreau

Clinical Experience   

  • 5 years full-time clinical practice in acute care, skilled care, outpatient,cardiac rehab, neurorehabilitation,and home health
  • 15 years in college teaching and grant management

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Learning outcomes, health and wellness for older adults   

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Yogesh Shah, MD & Sue Bravard, PT, MS, gave a presentation, Fall Prevention Through Wellness, at the Iowa Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA) Spring Conference: A Celebration of Active Aging in Ames, Iowa, on May 7, 2008. 
  • Empower Yourself: Fall Prevention, at the 2008 Governor’s Conference on Aging: The Art of Dynamic Aging in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 20, 2008.  
  • Eileen Hansen, MA, AHIP, presented a poster, From the Ground Up: Building Information Literacy into a Physical Therapist Assistant Curriculum, at the Medical Library Association annual conference in Detroit on November 22, 2008 that was developed by her and Sue Bravard, PT, MS.

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Education Section and Section on Geriatrics  
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association 
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Gerontology Society of Iowa

Community Service Invovlement

  • Governor's Conference on Aging Steering Committee
  • Polk County Well Elder Health Committee

Personal History

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession that allows me to combine my love of helping others and physical activity.  Having the opportunity to teach physical therapy and watching students "get it" is a dream come true.

Quick Links

Sue Bravard, PT, MS
Physical Therapist Assistant, Chair
(515) 643-6614

Office Location

Building 2, Room 252

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239