Amanda Adamson

Amanda Adamson PT, DPT

Director of Clinical Education
DPT Program

Amanda Adamson, PT, DPT, OCS, CAPP-Pelvic is an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Education at Pacific Northwest University’s developing Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dr. Adamson graduated from the University of South Dakota (USD) with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2009. She became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2013, an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor in 2017, and received an APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy in 2018.

Dr. Adamson has clinical experience in private practice, skilled rehab, acute inpatient, and outpatient settings in rural South Dakota. Most of her experience is in outpatient orthopedics, of which she was the Director of Therapy for almost 5 years. Dr. Adamson continues to practice in a rural community in orthopedics/pelvic health. Other clinical community services have included pro-bono work with archers and providing consultation to members of local fitness centers. A passion of hers is organizing collective giving for non-profit organizations. She serves as the Director for APTA South Dakota and is a member of the APTA and sections of Women’s Health, Education, and Orthopedics.

Prior academic positions include work at USD as Assistant Director of Clinical Education, assisting in the organization of 5 annual full-time clinical education experiences. As an Assistant Professor, she directed courses related to Professional Conduct/Ethics, Differential Diagnosis/Pathophysiology, and Pelvic Health. She also provided lectures and/or lab instruction in Movement Science, Orthopedics, Patient Management, and Business Management courses and coordinated students in interprofessional collaboration with a local PTA Program. While at USD, she also served as the Assistant Chair of the Clinical Education Advisory Committee, was the PT representative to the USD Interprofessional Health Education Center, and served on the Curriculum and Admissions Committees. Prior research experience is in acute injury sports management, student stress management, and curricular redesign via student cultural immersions/encounters. Current scholarly work focuses on pelvic health and pre- and postnatal needs of women.