Jody Eckert, PT, DPT, EdD

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education


Jody Eckert received a bachelor’s in exercise science from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 2001, a master’s in physical therapy from Mayo School of Health Sciences in 2004, and a doctorate in physical therapy from Boston University in 2007. She completed a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Mary in 2020. Dr. Eckert has worked in outpatient orthopedics since 2004 and as faculty in the UMary DPT program since 2007. She is board certified in orthopedics and has an expertise area focused on mobilization and treatment of the spine. 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 serves as the course coordinator for Advanced Orthopedics I and Essential Skills II and teaches the section on the spine in the Musculoskeletal Assessment course.  


Dr. Eckert is a credentialed APTA level 1, an advanced clinical education clinical instructor, and a certified APTA trainer for the level 1 clinical credentialed instructor program. She has served on the NDPTA Nominating Committee and is currently serving on the ACAPT Committee for Clinical Education Research and as chair for the Clinical Coordinator Group in the St. Gianna School of Health Sciences. She is a CTB Women’s Leadership graduate and is involved professionally in the Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium and Clinical Education Special Interest Group. Dr. Eckert has published and presented research at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting and the APTA Educational Leadership Conference. Her research agenda is focused on orthopedics and clinical education.