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Scott A. Burns

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Interim Department Chair
Associate Professor of Instruction
Director of DPT Program and Admissions


631 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • Fellowship in Manual Therapy, Regis University 
  • Transitional DPT, University of Colorado Health Sciences
  • MS, Physical Therapy, University of Colorado Health Sciences
  • BS, Kinesiology, University of Colorado


Scott Burns earned his Master of Physical Therapy and transitional DPT from the University of Colorado-Denver. In 2009, he completed his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, CO and is also a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Burns's teaching responsibilities include the Musculoskeletal Management course series, Orthopaedic Residency Coursework and Advanced Musculoskeletal Elective, and Clinical Decision Making. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he maintains and active clinical schedule including research and patient care. His main research interests revolve around clinical decision making, clinical education strategies/models, patient outcomes, chronic pain management and manual physical therapy interventions for various musculoskeletal conditions. His work, entitled "Short-term response of hip mobilizations and exercise in individuals with chronic low back pain: a case series" was awarded the Dick Erhard Award for Best Platform Presentation at AAOMPT Conference in 2010. In 2014, Burns was selected as the recipient for the College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award.

Research Interests 

  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Physical Therapy