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  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellow in Training, Regis University.
  • Ph.D., Health Science, Seton Hall University
  • DPT, Seton Hall University
  • B.S., Biology, Seton Hall University


  • Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT)
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Certified Clinical Instructor
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Courses Taught

  • DPT 6003 Human Gross Anatomy (Cadaveric) 
  • DPT 6010 Human Physiology
  • DPT 6110 Physical Therapy Management of the Musculoskeletal System I
  • DPT 6111 Physical Therapy Management of the Musculoskeletal System II
  • DPT 6130 Exercise Physiology
  • DPT 6160 Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiopulmonary System
  • DPT 6230 Independent Study

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Thomas Koc Jr is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Kean University in Union, NJ, where he currently serves as the Musculoskeletal content coordinator. He earned his DPT degree in 2011 and his Ph.D degree, with a specialization in movement science, in 2017 from Seton Hall University. Dr. Koc has been practicing in both outpatient and inpatient hospital settings since 2011. In 2013, he earned his Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) credentials through Great Lakes Seminars. He is also a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He received his board certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in July of 2020, through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). His primary area of research primarily focuses on evaluation, treatment, and outcomes involving outpatient orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Koc is currently enrolled as a Fellow in Training with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy with Regis University.  

The andragogy that is used throughout my courses includes a mixture of Team Based Learning (TBL), Problem Based Learning (PBL), lecture, and lab instruction.  My teaching philosophy focuses on producing a learning environment that emphasizes the integration of foundational sciences into real life patient centered case scenarios. 

Selected Publications

Ziaks, L., Tucker, J., Koc Jr, T., Hanson, K., Puxted, F.*. (2022) ”Measurement of improvement in exercise intolerance testing for suspected dysautonomia in protracted concussion recovery: A Retrospective Pilot Study”. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice.  DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2022.2121949


Ziaks, L., Tucker, J., Koc Jr, T., Schaefer, A.*., Hanson, K. (2022).  Identifying trends of dysautonomia signs and symptoms associated with protracted concussion recovery during the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test: A Retrospective Study. Brain Impairment, 1-10.  DOI:10.1017/Brimp.2022.5


Tucker, J., Marshall, T., Beitscher, l., Mueller, K.*, Coluccio, E.*, Koc Jr, T. (2022).  The Effect of Self-Reported Balance Confidence on Community Integration after Brain Injury: An Observational Study Correlational Study. Brain Impairment, 1-10. DOI:10.1017/Brimp.2022.9 


Koc Jr, T.,, Marshall, T., Tucker, J., Gothhold, S.*, Hasanovic, R.*, Durante, C. (2021).  Management of a Patient with Cavernous Malformation surgical repair at C7-T3: A Case Report.  Rehabilitation Science.  6(4), 53-59. DOI: 10.11648/


Koc Jr, T., Phillips, H., DeLuca, D., Kirschgessner, A. (2020). The Intra-rater Reliability of the Clavicular Jump Test (CJT): A Case Control Study.  International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 8(4), 1-5. 


Tucker, J., Beitscher, I., Koc Jr, T., Fama, G.*, Patel, J.*, Friedman, H.*. (2020). Creative Therapeutic Interventions for Clinicians to Promote Physical Activity in Older Adults with a History of Brain Injury: A Viewpoint.  Physical Therapy Reviews.  DOI: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1850164


Koc Jr, T., Marshall, T., Tucker, J., Fama, G. *, Patel, J.*. (2020). Management of a Patient with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, A New Perspective for the Physical Therapist: A Case Report. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.  7(1), 1-4.  DOI: 10.7243/2055-2386-7-1


Koc Jr, T., Durante, M, Marshall, T, Bunales, I.A.*, Wint, M.*. (2019). The Immediate Effects of Knee Flexion Range of Motion Following Manual Therapy or Self-Stretching/Active Range of Motion Following a Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Case Report. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 31(12), 1002-1005.  DOI: 10.1589/jpts.31.1002