Matt Kuster

Matt Kuster

  • Exercise Science
  • Associate Professor - Exercise Science
Human Anatomy and Lab, Human Physiology and Lab, Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy and Lab, Introduction to Diseases and Disorders, Motor Learning and Behavior, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Kinesiology, Strength and Conditioning


Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Doctor of Physical Therapy, 1996
Scholarly Project – Plyometrics

South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
Bachelor of Science:  Athletic Training, 1993
Graduated with Honors

Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota
Associate in Arts Degree, 1991
Graduated with Honors

Professional Experience

  • Physical Therapist, Immanuel Saint Joseph – Mayo, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Physical Therapist, Wenger Physical Therapy, North Mankato, Minnesota
  • Physical Therapist, RehabCare Physical Therapy, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Physical Therapist, Orthosports Physical Therapy, McAllen, Texas
  • Physical Therapist, TrailsWest Physical Therapy, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Physical Therapist, New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Athletic Trainer, HealthSouth Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Student Athletic Trainer, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota


  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, Physical Therapy License 6811
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, Registered Athletic Trainer 1885
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Certified Athletic Trainer


Bethany Lutheran College

  • Chair Exercise Science Department
  • Chair Health & Human Performance Division
  • Chair Biology Department
  • Faculty Athletic Representative
  • On call Athletic Trainer
  • Author - Human Biology Major
  • Author – Exercise Science Major
  • Chair – IRB Committee

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

  • Chairman
  • Vice-Chairman
  • Usher


  • Physical Therapist

Teaching Philosophy

I teach many of the human biology courses within the biology major. I believe it is my role to lead students to begin bridging the gap between basic science and clinical practice. I offer a unique perspective as I have been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1996 in addition to my role as a professor at Bethany Lutheran College. Many examples of conceptual science can be explained and applied though the use of clinical cases that I have experienced in the clinic. I want to pass that knowledge and experience on to you as a student. In addition, my goal is to pass on a love of life-long learning. Learning can be so much fun! 


I love to play golf and enjoy Bethany athletics as I was a Bethany student athlete many years ago.