We welcome Dr. Mary Blackinton who is the director and an associate professor of the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) DPT program in Tampa, FL. Mary discusses what hybrid learning and what it is not, benefits to students and teachers in a hybrid program, overview of NSU’s program, limitations to hybrid learning, what she and the other staff have learned about hybrid education from their journey, and more!


Mary Blackinton is the director of the Nova Southeastern University-Tampa FL program along with being an associate professor at NSU.  She has extensive clinical experience in the realm of neurologic/geriatric rehabilitation.  Her primary teaching responsibilities at NSU have been in the Neuromuscular Courses, with emphasis on instruction related to motor control/motor learning; tests/measures in neurological examination, and neurorehabiliation interventions. She has numerous peer reviewed publications and her clinical research interests include balance and fall prevention. 

Certification & Fellowship Information:

  • Geriatric Certified Specialist, June 2009
  • Certified Expert in Exercise for Aging Adults; November 2011
  • APTA Certified Clinical Instructor, 2012
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education: Credentialed Fellowship Graduate of APTA Education Leadership Institute Fellowship, July 2013

She is also the Co-Chair of the Education Leadership Conference (ELC) which is an event that is co-sponsored by the Education Section of the APTA and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT).. And she is a reviewer on numerous journals including Journal of Physical Therapy Education & Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Mary’s Article from PT in Motion (November 2013): Will be posted in the podcast social media release.

Nova Southeastern University DPT Program Website: http://healthsciences.nova.edu/pt/hedpt-tampa/index.html 

Mary’s Twitter Page- https://twitter.com/dr_maryb 

Mary’s Email- maryb@nova.edu