Rebecca Operacz

Associate Professor of Instruction
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
1301 Cecil B Moore Avenue


Rebecca Operacz is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center. Dr. Operacz demonstrates a dedication to clinical practice and teaching, which stems from her expertise as a practicing physical therapist in the acute hospital and in-patient rehabilitation settings. Rebecca earned her neurologic clinical specialist certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2015. She serves as a clinical mentor for current DPT students and students across the health professions programs. She incorporates experiential learning activities throughout her teaching to facilitate students' preparation for the clinic environment. Her current research is focused on student perceptions of clinical readiness and strategies for fostering student competence and confidence in the clinic. Dr. Operacz also advocates for accessibility to healthcare at the local and state levels.


  • DPT, University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center
  • BA, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




PHTH 8103

Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills I


PHTH 8111

Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills II


PHTH 8116

Motor Control and Learning


PHTH 8127

Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions I


PHTH 8133

Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions II


PHTH 8143

Management of the Medically Complex Patient


PHTH 8160

Special Topics - Integrated Learning Experience


Selected Publications

  • Rotz, M.E., Calligaro, I.L., Kaplan, L.I., Lu, X., Sinnott, M.C., Spadone, S., Vernon, R., Zhao, H., & Idahosa, C.N. (2021). Design and evaluation of an interprofessional education workshop series for preclinical and prelicensure health professional students. Curr Pharm Teach Learn, 13(7), pp. 885-894. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2021.03.023