Mark Horacek

Director of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
Professor in Physical Therapy

P.T., M.S., Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center | 913-758-6124 | Berchmans 120

Dr. Horacek graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical center with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. He has been in the academy or in the clinical setting for a combined total of 30 years. For about 25 of those years he has been in academics. He holds both a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed post-doctoral training in endocrinology and reproductive physiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. Horacek has a commitment to lifelong learning. In the academy, he has served in the capacities of researcher, teacher, professor, mentor, and department chair and program director.

He is a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Saint Mary and has been a graduate faculty member at other institutions since 1986. He has served on Missouri State University's Graduate Council as well as the University of Saint Mary's Graduate Council and Faculty Senate, which play an important role in assuring the quality of graduate programs at these universities.

Dr. Horacek was one of the founding members of the very first DPT program in the country at Creighton University, he founded the physical therapy department and program at Missouri State University, and was a department head at Winston Salem State University. He is now working as the founding Department Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Saint Mary.

Dr. Horacek has published many full-length research articles in leading research journals as well as many abstracts. He has presented research findings at national meetings and is a licensed physical therapist in Kansas.

Dr. Horacek was one of the first physical therapy educators to make the affective domain and fundamental core values an explicit and ongoing part of the program and curriculum.