Central Penn College - Nicole Patterson

Central Penn College


Faculty Who Care

Dr. Nicole Patterson, DPT
Professor, Director of Physical Therapist Assistant

Academic Bio

I earned my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University in 2002. As part of my internship experiences there, I spent time in the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Pittsburgh, working with children through the Intermediate Unit, and working with orthopedic patients in an outpatient clinic. Upon graduation, I was employed by several outpatient clinics focusing on aquatic therapy, women's health, and lymphedema treatment. I continue to work on an as needed basis at an outpatient clinic in Carlisle. I began teaching here at Central Penn in 2006. I served as the ACCE, or internship coordinator, for five years before transitioning into a purely teaching role. I became the director of the PTA Program in 2014, and thoroughly enjoy working with our students to help them become successful PTA's.

Personal Bio

I was born and raised in a small town in Maryland, and moved to Pennsylvania for good in 2005. I live in Carlisle with my husband and two sons, who keep me very busy, which is good because I don't sit still well. I also enjoy fitness (I have a love/hate relationship with Shaun T), and running (I recently completed my first half marathon). I love vacationing at the beach and crab feasts, I am a Maryland girl! I also love spending time with my family and friends, and do so as often as I can.

Teaching Philosophy

I truly believe that you learn by doing. For as much time as I spend lecturing on a subject, I try to spend at least that much time in lab performing "hands-on" practice. I am passionate about physical therapy and strive to always bring that passion into the classroom. I also try to relate the course material to the "real-world" as much as possible by including patient scenarios or clinical examples in every lesson.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - Slippery Rock University '02
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology - Mount St. Mary's University '99

Courses & Subjects

  • Fundamentals of Physical Therapy
  • PTA Procedures
  • Modalities
  • Human Biology


  • Pennsylvania Licensed Physical Therapist 2002-present
  • CPR certified 2002-present