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Margaret L. Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Professor & Director of the Physical Therapy Program and Associate Dean, Physical Therapy Education

image of program director, Dr. Margaret Schenkman

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine. As you peruse our site, you will find a carefully balanced educational program that integrates didactic content with clinical experiences while emphasizing evidence in a patient-centered context. Our exceptional faculty, are dedicated educators, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of expertise. You will learn about the outstanding educational facilities, our innovative initiatives, and what it means to be a part of CU Physical Therapy. 

Below are a few of the highlights that make our program one of the best in the country:

    One of a few programs nationally that includes a final, year-long, paid internship

Educational Environment
  •  A campus that was created with the intention of fostering collaboration among students, researchers and clinicians
  • The largest academic health center between Chicago, Texas and the West Coast.
  • Located in a major life sciences center with highly ranked clinical facilities both on the campus and in close proximity
  • Interprofessional initiatives including courses and opportunities
  • State of the art class rooms and skills laboratories including the Center for Academic and Professional Education (CAPE)​

  • Highly successful, both in passing the licensure examination and in finding career positions.
  • Recognized for their professional activities within the institution, as well as the APTA. 
  • Committed to service opportunities and giving back in the local community


  • Exceptional faculty with a strong commitment to educating clinicians and future leaders of our profession
  • Balance of faculty who excel as educators, clinical scholars and researchers
  • Dedication to mentoring students and fostering collegial relationships
  • Strong showing yearly in scholarly publications


  • Clinical experts in Neurologic, Orthopedic, Cardiopulmonary, Hand, and Pediatric physical therapy
  • Over 120 clinical partners throughout the region
  • Clinical Instructors involved in curriculum lab environments


  • Over $1 million annually of grant support for rehabilitation research
  • Collaborations with faculty from many departments across the Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Faculty-mentored research opportunities for DPT students
  • Opportunity to pursue a PhD in Rehabilitation Science, a top 10 NIH funded program
  • Home to the CU Rehabilitation Science Consortium, which houses the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) and Interdisciplinary Movement Science Laboratory (IMSL), providing a space for research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and PhD students participating in faculty research

Opportunities for students and faculty to work together in community initiatives including:

  • Weekly involvement in the DAWN clinic, a student run free clinic providing physical therapy services as well as interdisciplinary services for the Aurora community
  • Monthly physical therapy services at the Stout Street Clinic for individuals that are homeless
  • Annual educational program for physical therapists in Managua, Nicaragua and Peru
  • Commitment to the Marquette Challenge, an annual grassroots fundraising effort coordinated and carried out by students across the country to support the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s mission through continuing education opportunities
  • Other volunteer opportunities including Night Owls Respite Program and Punching Out Parkinson’s

Please take an opportunity to visit us ​here at the Anschutz Medical Campus. If you have any questions, we’re easy to get a hold of.​

With warm regards,

Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA  
Associate Dean for Physical Therapy Education and
Director of the Physical Therapy Program, School of Medicine

Program Directors: Mary Lawrence (1947-1950), Dorothy Hoag (1950-1972), James Clinkingbeard (1972-1977), Elizebeth Barnett (1978-1987), Marcia Smith (1987-1988), Pauline Cerasoli (1988-1996), Carolyn Heriza (1996-2004), and Margaret Schenkman (2004-present)​