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Clinical Education

Clinical Education provides students with the opportunity to apply patient care skills from the classroom and into current clinical environments. We strive to develop professionalism and mastery throughout the curriculum and clinical experiences. 

There are a total of 32 weeks of full-time clinical experiences and 90 hours of part-time clinical experiences during the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. During these experiences students progress towards entry-level practice, integrating foundational skills, and didactic content into clinical practice.

The schedule of Clinical Education throughout the program is as follows:

Years 1-2

  • Integrated Clinical Experience I:  Part time, Fall term, Year 1           
  • Integrated Clinical Experience II: Part time, Spring term, Year 1          
  • Clinical Education I: 10 weeks, Full time, Summer, after Year 1           
  • Integrated Clinical Experience III: Part time, Spring term, Year 2

Year 3, after completion of all didactic coursework

  • Clinical Education II: 10 weeks, Full time, Fall term, Year 3           
  • Clinical Education III: 10 weeks, Full time, Spring term, Year 3

Our student placements include both local and national clinical site locations. Some of our current clinical affiliations include:

  • Apple Rehab
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Hartford Hospital
  • Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network affiliates
  • Gaylord Specialty Healthcare/Hospital
  • Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
  • Saint Francis Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Select Physical Therapy
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children

Clinical Education experiences are coordinated by two faculty members who also serve as Directors of Clinical Education. It is essential that communication for any clinical education experience be coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education Therefore students and family members are not permitted to contact current or potential clinical sites.  

We look forward to working with our future students to ensure that their clinical education coursework is a diverse and enriching experience.