Clinical Education

The three clinical experiences you enjoy through our Physical Therapy program help you develop the skills and attributes to succeed in the field. You apply the knowledge you gained on campus to the clinical settings to meet patients’ needs. You learn to work individually and collaboratively with other health care professionals. We have contracts with nearly 400 clinical sites across the United States, which allows us to offer you the chance to gain experience in a wide variety of practice settings.

You participate in three full-time 12-week clinical experiences for a total of 36 weeks.

The first clinical experience takes place in the fall semester of your second year, after you’ve completed the Musculoskeletal and Cardiopulmonary systems courses. This experience develops your competence in the management of patients with musculoskeletal and/or cardiopulmonary dysfunction.  

The second clinical experience occurs in the summer of your second year, following completion of the neurosensory system and pediatric courses. This experience develops your competence in the management of patients with neuromuscular, pediatric, musculoskeletal, and/or cardiopulmonary dysfunction.

The third clinical experience occurs in the spring of your third year, after completion of the integumentary system and immediately prior to graduation. At this point, you are academically prepared to treat patients with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, pediatric, and/or integumentary dysfunction. The experience allows you to refine existing skills, develop new or advanced skills, and to experience a unique or different practice setting of your choosing.

Clinical Ed