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April D. Newton, PT, DPT

Assistant Professor, Director of Interprofessional Education & Clinical Practice

Dr. Newton received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Iowa and her DPT from A.T. Still University. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism from Drake University. Prior to joining RFUMS, Dr. Newton was an assistant professor and director of clinical education at Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA. She is active in the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Education Section and Clinical Education Special Interest Group where she has served in various capacities. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the APTA Education Section and Co-Chair for the Education Leadership Conference. Dr. Newton is an APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor and a Trainer for the Basic Credentialed Clinical Instructor Course. Her clinical practice primarily involves young adult to geriatric clientele in acute care and outpatient orthopedics. She also supervises physical therapy students on global health experiences to St. Jude Hospital, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, West Indies. Dr. Newton has presented at Iowa Physical Therapy Association conferences, APTA national conferences, and APTA Combined Sections Meetings, as well as international interprofessional conferences that included Collaborating Across Borders and All Together Better Health. Her research in clinical education and interprofessional education has been published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and Medical Science Educator, respectively.