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 Jacki   Klaczak Kopack, PT, DPT

Jacki Klaczak Kopack, PT, DPT Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Jacki Klaczak Kopack, PT, DPT is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Jacki has 23 years of exerpience as a professor and program director in physical therapy higher education. Her teaching responsibilities have included: pathophysiology, kinesiology, functional anatomy, therapeutic exercise, rehabilitation and evidence-based practice. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree and Masters’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences (now St. Joseph’s University; Philadelphia, PA) and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University. She is currently working towards a Doctorate of Education degree (Executive Leadership, ABD; St. Augustine, FL) from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is a 2005 recipient of the Philip Klein Memorial Award for outstanding service (Harcum College), a 2013 Recipient of the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching and she was inducted into the Federation of the State Board of Physical Therapy Academy of Advanced Item Writers in 2015.

Dr. Kopack has served the profession of physical therapy in numerous volunteer and board appointed positions. She was an item writer for the Federation of the State Board of PT and the PEAT exam (2011-2018), a board-appointed member of the FSBPT PTA Exam Development committee (2019-2022) and PTA-EDC Co-Chair. She is a CAPTE-appointed Physical Therapy Education On-Site Reviewer and Team leader. Dr. Kopack is an elected PA delegate to the APTA House of Delegates. Dr. Kopack is a frequent reviewer for PTA textbook publishers, providing content analysis specific to PTA curriculum content. She has presented regionally and nationally on topics related to evidence-based practice, PTA education and the development of the faculty team.

Dr. Kopack’s clinicial practice spans thirty years across the inpatient continuum of care, including ICU, acute care, acute rehabilitation and subacute rehabilitation settings. Dr. Kopack has served as a clinical instructor, a Center Coordinator of Clinical Education, and a Director of Rehabilitation in the clinical setting, prior to transitioning to academia.

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