Sue Bravard

Courses Taught Regularly

  • PTA 101 Fundamentals of Physical Therapy
  • PTA 130 Kinesiology
  • PTA 135 Essential Skills in Physical Therapy I
  • PTA 160 Physical Therapy Modalities
  • PTA 162 Therapeutic Exercise
  • PTA 165 Essential Skill sin Physical Therapy II
  • PTA 202 Physical Therapy Interventions for Neuromuscular and Cardiopulmonary Conditions
  • PTA 204 Professional Issues
  • PTA 230 Issues in Clinical Practice
  • PTA 235 PTA Seminar
  • PSY 240 Gerontology and Aging

Year Started at Mercy College 2007


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


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


  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

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
  • 20 years in college teaching and grant management

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Learning outcomes, health and wellness for older adults
  • Analysis of "With Distinction" Ratings on the Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument (October 2013), collaborative project with Tracy Porter, DPT   

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Des Moines Area Community College Teaching and Learning Conference: "The Art and Science of Questioning to Enhance Student Learning" (April 2013), co-presentation with Dr. Suzanne Crandall
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association and Foundation Conference: "The Shoulder Complex" (Fall 2012), co-presentation with Tracy Porter, DPT
  • Mercy College Professional Development Lunch and Learn: "Bloom's Taxonomy" (Summer 2012)
  • 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

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 passions of movement science and helping others. The opportunity to facilitate student learning is very rewarding.

Quick Info

Sue Bravard
Sue Bravard, PT, MS
Physical Therapist Assistant Program 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