Sue Bravard

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

Office Location
B1 - 305

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

Year Started at Mercy College: 2007

  • Department: Physical Therapist Assistant


  • MS, Iowa State University 
  • BSPT, Washington University in St Louis
  • BS, Iowa State University 

Courses Taught Regularly

  • PTA 101 Fundamentals of Physical Therapy (with lab)
  • PTA 130 Kinesiology (with lab)
  • PTA 135 Essential Skills in Physical Therapy I (with lab)
  • PTA 137 Essential Skills in Physical Therapy II (with lab)
  • PTA 160 Physical Therapy Modalities (with lab)
  • PTA 162 Therapeutic Exercise (with lab)
  • PTA 202 Physical Therapy Interventions for Neuromuscular and Cardiopulmonary Conditions (with lab)
  • PTA 204 Professional Issues
  • PTA 230 Issues in Clinical Practice
  • PTA 235 PTA Seminar


  • Physical therapist, State of Iowa


  • Certified Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine

Clinical Experience   

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

Professional Projects

  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Academy of Advanced Item Writers
  • APTA Iowa Board of Directors, Secretary 2016-2018, Treasurer 2018-2022, Vice President/President Elect 2023
  • Special Olympics Fun Fitness
  • Textbook reviewer, Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Academy of Physical Therapy Education
  • APTA Iowa  
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society

Advice to Students

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

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.

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About Us

Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master's degreesbachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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