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James Ralphs

James Ralphs, PT, DPT

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 314




  • BS pre-physical therapy, Utah State University, Logan UT 1999
  • MS Physical Therapy, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA 2001
  • DPT Physical Therapy, Idaho State University, Pocatello ID 2015


  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Professional / Research Areas of Interest:

Physical therapy tests and measures; balance and vestibular system impairments, examination, and management; effective clinical teaching and patient education

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Ralphs joined Idaho State University's Physical Therapy Program in 2009. He works in the on-site outpatient orthopedic and vestibular rehabilitation clinics, supervising students during their onsite practicum experiences. Additionally, he teaches courses in professional communication and basic physical therapy examination techniques, as well as assists in the orthopedic courses. He also guest lectures in other departments covering areas of physical agents/modalities, patient handling, exercise, and vestibular rehabilitation.

Prior to joining the program, Dr. Ralphs completed his undergraduate work at Utah State University followed by his physical therapy degree from Old Dominion University. Following graduation, he worked in Washington State in an outpatient orthopedic setting and was a part-owner in a private practice. In 2012 he became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and in 2015 he completed his transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Idaho State University.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

Family, woodworking, gardening, outdoor activities


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