Physical Therapy Clinical Education
As a student in UNE's Physical Therapy program, you participate in three full-time 12-week clinical experiences for a total of 36 weeks.
These clinical experiences help you develop the skills and attributes to succeed in the field. By applying the knowledge you gained on campus to the clinical settings, you learn to meet patients’ needs and work individually and collaboratively with other health care professionals. We have contracts with hundreds of clinical sites across the United States, which allows us to offer you the chance to gain experience in a wide variety of practice settings.
The first clinical experience takes place in the fall semester of your second year after completing the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems courses. The second clinical experience occurs in the summer of your second year, after completing the neurosensory system and pediatric courses. The third clinical experience occurs in the spring of your third year, after completing the integumentary system and immediately before graduation.
Because these clinical experiences occur throughout the curriculum, they allow you to integrate classroom knowledge and the development of patient care skills. This structure also allows you to bring what you have learned in the clinic back to the classroom.
Clinical Education Dates