Mark Fransen

Program Director, Assistant Professor


Mr. Fransen had been employed full time at Parkview Health for over 25 years. He worked in both inpatient and outpatient. This included being a clinical instructor for USF PTA students and teaching and leadership activities within the organization. He participated in support groups for CVA, TBI and MS. He trained volunteers of the Parkview system in safe and effective transfers and conducted patient total joint replacement preoperative classes. He was a health careers connection instructor for the Fort Wayne Community Schools for nine years and a CPR instructor. From 2006-2010 he served as an USF adjunct faculty for the PTA Program for four years, providing instructional support in PTA laboratory courses and did teach a few lecture courses. He became the full time ACCE for the PTA program in 2010. He has worked part time in the skilled nursing/long -term care facilities from 2010 until 2019. In 2017 participated in a 12-month leadership development program (USF Brave leaders)- based on thirteen years of research/includes six lessons on Daring Leadership and six lessons on Leaders Rising. This course was partially facilitated and based on Brene Brown. He was nominated by students for the University of Saint Francis Leepoxy Award for Teaching Excellence: April 2016 and received the University of Saint Francis-Values in Action Award-August 2022. He has an active Indiana physical therapist assistant license and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. He has served on university-wide, school and program committees.

Areas of Interest

  • Teaching
  • Professional Development
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics
  • Prosthetics
  • Orthotics
  • Sports Medicine