Jody Eckert, PT, DPT, OCS

Current Position: Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

Brief Bio

Jody Eckert received her BA in Exercise Science from Concordia College in Moorhead MN in 2001, MPT from Mayo School of Health Sciences in 2004, and her DPT from Boston University in 2007. She initiated her EdD from the University of Mary in May 2017 with an expected completion date of 2020. Dr. Eckert has worked in outpatient orthopedics since 2004 and has served as a clinical instructor for the U Mary DPT program. She is APTA board certified in orthopedics and has taken several continuing education courses with a focus on mobilization and treatment of the spine. Dr. Eckert is the course coordinator for Advanced Orthopedics I, teaches the section on the Spine in Musculoskeletal Assessment I, serves as a lab instructor for the Essential Skills course and is a faculty advisor/clinical instructor in the Pro Bono Clinic in the spring and fall semesters. Dr. Eckert is the Director of Clinical Education for the Program and coordinates the full-time clinical education courses as well as the preparatory course for the first clinical experience in LAMP II. She is a credentialed APTA Level 1 and Advanced Clinical Education Clinical Instructor as well as a certified APTA Trainer for the level 1 Clinical Credentialed Instructor Program (CCIP) course. She has taught many CCIP courses to clinicians over the past years. 

Dr. Eckert graduated from the CTB Women’s Leadership Program and is involved professionally in the Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium and Clinical Education Special Interest Group. She has served on the Nominating Committee for the NDPTA since 2008. Dr. Eckert is the Chair of the Clinical Coordinator Group in the School of Health Sciences and represents the School and Health Sciences on the University of Mary Senate. Dr. Eckert has published research in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and in WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation. She has presented research at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting and at the APTA Educational Leadership Conference. Her research agenda is focused on orthopedics and clinical education.

In her free time, Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Robb, and her two children Emerson and Bobby. She enjoys running half marathon and 5K races, working out, watching her kids play sports, and traveling with her family.

Teaching Interests

  • Orthopedics content
  • Chronic pain
  • Assessment and interventions for the spine
  • Manipulation/mobilization of the spine
  • Courses related to professionalism
  • Communication content