Karen Abboud

Karen Abboud, PTA, MHA, CLT

Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education
Physical Therapist Assistant

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Karen Abboud is a full-time Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education (ACCE) in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Clarkson College. Her teaching assignments include PTA 106: Introduction to Physical Therapy, PTA 107: Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant and selected labs in the AS PTA program. She also teaches PTA 307 Outcome Measures & Reporting.  

She earned her Bachelor's degree in General Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002 and later earned both her Associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2005 and Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree in 2012 from Clarkson College. She also completed training to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) in November 2010 and is a certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She began teaching at the College in fall 2009. 

Ms. Abboud’s clinical background includes geriatric and lymphatic patient populations. She also maintains patient care responsibilities as a practicing PTA for various Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and some home health facilities in the Omaha area. She has discovered a new passion in her roles in both the academic and clinical setting as well as promoting the profession and representing PTAs state- and nation-wide. 

Ms. Abboud is an active member of APTA where she is a member of the Education Section and also served on the American Physical Therapy Association Nebraska Chapter Executive Committee as the PTA Caucus Representative for 10 years (2010–19), and continues to assist the Membership and IT committees. Ms. Abboud was awarded APTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the PTA in geriatrics and has earned the LANA certification for lymphedema. 

Words of Wisdom 

Be a part of something that is bigger than yourself. Have passion for what you do: if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.  

“Change is the only constant in life. Ones ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life”- Benjamin Franklin 

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts”- Winston Churchill 

“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!”- Unknown 


PTA 106 - Introduction to Physical Therapy 
PTA 107 - Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant 
PTA 110 - Basic Skills in Physical Therapy (Lab Assistant) 
PTA 125 - Clinical Practicum I 
PTA 307 - Outcome Measures and Reporting for the PTA (BS PTA program) 

Scholarly Works (Selected)  

Edition Reviewer: Journey Across the Life Span, 6th Ed, F. A. Davis Company, May 2018.  

Tests and Measures for the PTA; Co-editor; manuscript in development; proposal accepted April 4, 2017; SLACK, Inc (estimated date of completion- May 2021).  

Edition Reviewer: Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant 4th Ed, F. A. Davis Company, July 2015.  

Co-presenter with Jessica Wissink and Kimberly Beran-Shepler, Integrating Live Virtual Intra-Professional Student Collaboration: A PT-PTA Case Study, Consortium of Hospital Affiliated Colleges and Universities (CHACU) Fall 2020 Conference on Digital Teaching and Learning Innovation (via Zoom), October 5, 2020. 

Co-presenter with Andreia Nebel, Kathy Volkman, Daniel Aksamit, Teaching the PT-PTA Relationship: “Teaming” with Possibilities! Educational Leadership Conference (ELC), Bellevue, WA. October 18, 2019. 

Co-presenter with Michael Witte, Katie Fulton, Shelli WeddumWe Are Not an Island: Broadening Student Perspectives, Heartland Interprofessional Education (HIPE) Conference, Omaha, NE, August 2, 2019 

Co-presenter with Terry Grindstaff, Dawn Venema, Sara Bills, Julie HoffmanAcademia: The Good LifeAPTA National Student Conclave (NSC), Omaha, NE, October 24, 2015 

Co-presenter with Andreia Nebel, Kathy VolkmanTeamwork: The Most Important Thing about Patient Care You May Not KnowAPTA National Student Conclave (NSC), Omaha, NEOctober 23, 2015. 

Co-researcher with Andreia Nebel, and Kathy VolkmanUNMC/Clarkson Research: Teamwork Knowledge, Attitudes Assessment and Reflection 2014-2019 


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